Works fine for me, but here's the important bit.Originally posted by Ramstein:
Ban on kites is meant to protect birds
By Stephanie Finucane
KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
August 2, 2001
OCEANO -- For now, you can't fly a kite at the popular Oceano dunes in San Luis Obispo County because it may scare some birds.
To avoid frightening snowy plovers and least terns -- two species of protected shorebirds -- the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area has been declared a no-kite zone.
Ambrose Simas, a great-grandfather from Oceano, found that out when he took an 8-year-old neighbor boy to the state beach a couple of weeks ago.
"We were flying a kite, and we were told to bring that kite in," Simas told Oceano Community Services District officials during a recent board meeting.
The Oceano man said he's been flying kites on the beach for years, first with his children, then with his grandchildren and now with his great-grandchildren.
He knew nothing about the ban on kites and was shocked when he was approached by a ranger and told to stop what he thought was a harmless activity.
"It was up in the air. It wasn't hitting anything," Simas said of the kite.
But harm still could have been done, explained Andrew Zilke, chief ranger of the Oceano Dunes park.
Plovers and terns could mistake a high-flying kite for a hovering bird of prey, Zilke said, and that could lead the shorebirds to abandon their nests.
He said the month-old ban is in effect along a five-mile stretch of beach.
Biologists with the state Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service both called for the ban on kites, which has been in place since the end of June.
"We have no choice other than to agree to that in order to stay open, period," said Zilke, who appeared before the Oceano Community Services District board last week to give an update on state park activities.
The kite prohibition is in effect during nesting season, which runs from March 1 through Sept. 30. That also happens to be the peak-use period for the park, where kite flying has been a popular activity.
Rangers are redirecting kite fliers to other beach areas.
The ban on kites comes at a time when environmentalists are considering suing the state, alleging it failed to protect the snowy plover at the vehicular recreation area. They contend that off-road drivers are bothering the birds and interfering with their nesting.
Monitoring of the snowy plovers shows this has not been a good year for the birds.
Of the 50 chicks born through late July, only one so far has fledged, which means it survived long enough to leave the nest.
"The nesting success is very high, and the hatching success is very high, but the fledgling success is very low," Zilke said.
Biologists believe many of the chicks have fallen victim to loggerhead shrikes, which are predatory birds. The state is going to have to consider a predation management plan, Zilke said, though the shrikes -- which are at risk of becoming a threatened species -- would not be killed.
That leaves trapping and relocating as the only option.
As for Simas, he hasn't flown a kite since his recent encounter with the ranger.
He's not sure where he'll go now. His yard isn't a good place, he said, because a kite could get tangled in power lines.
"It's ridiculous," he said. "They have more people out there trying to count eggs and birds than people trying to damage things."
Dude I would be careful what you say. Colorado is getting pretty close as well. Your state is one of the heaviest hit with the anti-gun crap. We've both got a bunch of green weenies who want to take away all our rights!Originally posted by Shadow man:
<STRONG>DAMN!!!! What a Fawked upped Comi state. I really do feel sorry for you guys. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"></STRONG>