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Subject: RE: recording owl vocalizations
From: "Martyn Stewart" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 08:37:29 -0700
I couldn't agree with you more but what can you do? In my welcoming letter =
cautioned the use of playback but I feel most times this falls on deaf ears=
I get hundreds of requests for sounds each week from my website and I ask
each and every one of them "what's it for?" I do not give out sounds for
photographers and hunters, I do not believe in call back as a tool in this
Trouble is, you and I are a small voice in the wind, thousands of gadgets
are now available and birders generally only care about increasing their
life lists to the detriment of the bird.
I have thousands of bird sounds recorded all over the world and I have NEVE=
used call back to attract them.
What is the simple answer beside education?


Martyn Stewart
Bird and Animal Sounds Digitally Recorded at:

N47.65543   W121.98428
Redmond. Washington. USA
Make every Garden a wildlife Habitat!


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Rich Peet
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 7:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] recording owl vocalizations

--- In  "wahpenayo" <>

> I am calling the owls in by imitating their calls. They are reacting
> to me as an intruder in their territory, or as a nearby territorial
> owl. It's part of an experiment I'm conducting to compare barred owl
> responsiveness to barred owl calls vs. spotted owl calls. It's a
> small slice of the huge research effort ongoing for spotted owls.
> I'm keeping track of how long it takes them to respond, what calls
> they use, the duration of their response, etc. If I record it, I
> don't have to madly try to write everything down.

Doesn't someone else here see a problem in using playback of an
endangered species sound to a competitor species that has been
identified causing a hybrid problem.

These owls are already being over surveyed by too many groups with the
use of playback and are already being over banded by the use of
playback.  Is there one oldgrowth area anywhere where these owls are
being left alone?  Can't get my support to teach more barred owls that
the spotted owl calls are a usual sound.  Can't get my support to ever
use playback on an endangered species for the purpose of advocating
continued clearcut of forrests.  This sure looks like way to much of a
risk of ending up with a pile more "Barred X Spotted" Owls.


"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg
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