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Subject: Re: recording owl vocalizations
From: "John Hartog" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 17:51:41 -0000
> I couldn't agree with you more but what can you do? In my welcoming
letter I
> cautioned the use of playback but I feel most times this falls on
deaf ears.

Believe me; my ears have not been deaf to the cautions of playback.
I'm still new at this stuff - and while I am firmly against using
playback myself, when it comes to others using it for scientific
research, It's hard to know what's right or wrong.  But what Rich says
is probably true, these birds have been bothered enough, and just
because its research involving the Spotted Owl doesn't mean it's in
the interest of the Spotted Owl.
What I enjoy most about nature recording is getting out into nature
and listening to what natural music still remains in the
ever-shortening naturally quiet moments between onslaughts of human
drone.  I hate it when I hike a distance into the wilderness only to
find the noise of some camper's radio blasting =96 playback is no different=
-John Hartog


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