Thursday, July 14, 2005

Are Birdwatchers a Security Threat?

Yes, according to this article by Gary Young that appeared in The Guardian on 07/07/05. An official with the U.S. Coast Guard is quoted as saying that, because they have “sophisticated gear and [are] looking at things not normally photographed by the common citizen in this area, they may be stopped and asked a few questions.” The article also includes the reactions of officials representing the American Bird Conservancy and the Bird Conservation Network.

In related news, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel commissioners have approved a compromise that will keep islands along the 20-mile span open to birders and ornithologists (see newly-adopted regulations) while maintaining tighter post-Sept. 11 security measures.

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