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Owl Woods - in DANGER of closing!!

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Feb 14, 2010 06:28 |  #16

Damn shame

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Feb 14, 2010 13:56 |  #17

Lil bump - just keeping it in view for a little longer - if word gets around the respectful photogs and birders will keep their eyes peeled when visiting. It's an enchanting place

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Feb 14, 2010 18:01 |  #18

Wish I could help patrol the area and see the owls. Maybe someday.


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Aug 23, 2010 19:07 as a reply to  @ Chris's post |  #19

I'm saddened to read about this. I live on the mainland and I was planning to go back to the island this winter. It's been too long.

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Aug 23, 2010 19:14 |  #20

Paul_R_Canada wrote in post #9604196 (external link)
Couldn't agree more, I was quite happy to see the patrol, they are not only a wealth of information as they are Islanders, know the woods intimately and walk the woods daily but they will stop the BS going on. The patrols are avid birders and photographers themselves.

There are volunteers that do the same thing, on Kauai, for the Monk Seals that come out on shore to sun themselves. They travel the shoreline and rope off the seals when they find them; then they do patrols to try and keep people from disturbing them as they sleep.

It's sad that these sorts of things are needed, but it makes me glad that people are willing to pitch in to help, also.

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Aug 23, 2010 19:22 |  #21

I see this is an old thread, I hope the situation has been corrected. Unfortunately there are stupid people everywhere doing stupid things. If I were in the area I would be happy to help patrol the area as I am sure most of the people on this forum. Good luck with your efforts and may the idiots get burned in their pocket books! :mad:

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Sep 19, 2010 20:07 |  #22

Thanks for posting this. A good reminder as it'll soon be owl season again.

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Sep 19, 2010 21:03 |  #23

Here the rules as they currently stand.

In accordance with the wishes of the landowners of Owl Woods, the Kingston
Field Naturalists would like to state the following conditions for visiting
this privately owned property.

Many of you have heard of and many of you have observed the disturbance to owls
caused by large numbers of people visiting the Owl Woods on Amherst Island.
This privately-owned nature reserve became popular a few decades ago when a
small pine plantation was discovered to be a daytime roosting site for a number
owl species. The owners of this property graciously allowed birders and
interested people to enter their land to view and count the owls during their
migration and the winter each year. Since then, many people have enjoyed the
Owl Woods and benefitted from the unique, close-up contact with nature. It has
been a great educational and inspiring experience for all.

These days, it is not uncommon to have well over 100 people visit the Woods on
a weekend day. Somewhere along the way the drive to see an owl for a bird list
or to snap that perfect picture has out-stripped the sense that this rare site
and its inhabitants should be revered and respected. As has happened with many
popular natural phenomena, people have begun to threaten the object of their

The Kingston Field Naturalists have been aware of and concerned about these
developments for some time, and with the property owners, are working towards
solutions. The intention is to find ways to reduce the impact of people on the
owls to a level that permits the Owl Woods to afford the owls the protection
they need and continue to serve as a nature education experience for people.
Failure to soon bring the situation under control may well mean that the owl
woods could be closed to visitors by the owners.

You can help the situation in several ways. If you have been to Owl Woods in
recent years, consider being satisfied with that experience and not visiting
for a while. Don’t come just to tick your year or winter list or get another
photo of an owl. Because of the pressure on the owls, the landowners would like
people to stop posting owl observations from Owl Woods on ONTBIRDS. Please
respect this request; do not post reports from Owl Woods. If you do visit the
Owl Woods follow these simple rules as set out by the landowners:

The reserve is open only from sunrise to one hour before sunset.
Do not spend more then two hours in the reserve per day.
Absolutely no dogs are allowed.
Keep a minimum distance of five metres from owls.
Be silent; speak in whispers.
Do not linger in front of an owl more than a couple of minutes.
If you cause an owl to fly, do not pursue it.
Do not bait owls with rodents.
No flash photography allowed.
No sound devices allowed.
Do not remove branches or vegetation.
Stay on the existing trails. Persons entering roped-off areas will be

Report harassment of owls to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).

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Sep 19, 2010 21:45 |  #24

If visitors cant obey the rules/ I say CLOSE IT for a few seasons.

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