Letter: Please show respect for wildlife
I read with dismay the letter from the Newells of Cardinal (“Young birds frightened,” July 10 Readers Write), who observed two young people in kayaks scaring their three young ospreys. We too enjoy watching the ospreys raising their young just off our front dock on Horn Harbor.
In the past few years, more and more large sport fishing boats, ski boats and jet skis have been speeding down the Harbor. The ski boats and jet skis circle in front of our property and speed back towards the bay, creating large wakes for their riders to jump or bounce over.
The fishing boats (not the watermen, but the sport fishermen) that speed in and out of the Harbor also create resounding wakes. This activity generates chaos in the Harbor, weakening the delicate wetlands and disturbing the wildlife. It also presents a danger for slower boats such as sailboats that we have seen almost swamped by large sport fishing boats moving by at over 40 mph. This is inexcusable behavior.
On a recent Monday when we left Mathews, there were two juvenile ospreys in our nest. The following Sunday, when we returned, we could find only one. Given the heavy traffic of boats pulling tubes, kayakers passing very close to the nest, and speeding jet skis we have seen this summer, we can only assume that one of the young ospreys was scared out of the nest. This is a tragedy.
Please show more respect for our wildlife and your neighbors.
Doug and Betsy Brown
Port Haywood, Va.