New Rules at Rowe this year...
The Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary wrote:In response to visitor surveys over the past two years, we will be making some important changes to the crane viewing tours in 2016. This will improve the experience for our visitors and help protect the cranes.
Tripods will no longer be allowed in the viewing blinds due to space issues and tripping hazards. Monopods will be allowed.
Flash photography and photographing in continuous or rapid fire mode are not allowed in the viewing blinds.
The use of cameras and any other recording devices will be allowed in the viewing blinds ONLY when there is enough light to prevent disturbance to cranes. This will prevent illumination from LCD screens in the blinds from spooking cranes roosting on the river and from diminishing the viewing experience for all visitors in the viewing blinds. Otherwise, all cameras and recording devices must be stored during the tour.
Crane viewing tours will be offered beginning on March 5 through April 9. Prices are as follows: March 5 - 17, $25 per person; March 18 - April 2, $35 per person; April 3 - 9, $25 per person.
A new Photographers Crane Viewing Tour will be introduced. Each evening from March 18 -April 9 we will offer a tour for photographers that allows tripods and the use of continuous mode photographing. This tour will cost $60 and there will be limited space to allow more room for each participant.
We appreciate your support of these new policies to help protect the cranes from disturbance.