I am revoking your right to post to MOBirds-L, effective immediately, for repeated harassment of list subscribers with abusive personal emails. I believe that you are doing this privately because you were warned not to do so on this list, but I still consider this to be abuse of this list, and in some ways it's even worse.  I know from personal experience that however embarrassing being on the receiving end of a public rant may be, a private attack can feel far more isolating and intimidating. I find it deplorable.

I regret having to take this action publicly, but I feel it is necessary for two reasons:

First, because Charlene was only the first person to complain, and we've since learned that she is by no means the only one of our subscribers who feels harassed by your emails. I don't know how many others are out there, but it is quite clear that this is not an isolated incident. I say this here because I want to make sure all of our subscribers know that they have the right not to be abused or insulted because of what they post on this list.

And second, because this incident has brought about a policy change that everyone else needs to hear about. In the past we have not gotten involved in private email matters, but from now on, subscribers who send repeated unwanted private emails to other subscribers will not be allowed to participate in this forum. We will revoke posting rights only as a last resort, but if we see a pattern of abusive behavior, we will take that action.

MOBirders, if you feel you are being harassed by another subscriber privately because of what you post on this list, we ask that you please bring it to our attention. Likewise, if someone else asks you to stop emailing them, we ask that you please respect that wish.
And finally, I'd like to ask that this be the end of the on-list discussion of this matter. I welcome any comments and feedback, but please send them privately to Susan and I.

Dave Scheu
MOBirds-L list co-owner

-----Original Message-----
From: bryan prather [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:19 PM
To: MOBIRDS <[log in to unmask]>; Bryan Prather <[log in to unmask]>; SusanHazelwood <[log in to unmask]>; David Scheu <[log in to unmask]>; Keith McMullen <[log in to unmask]>; Charlene Malone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: St. Louis bird sightings-NO SIGHTINGS

Well that was something to read, wasn't it.  3rd grade naming calling and a fit, too.
The ABA Code of Ethics speaks for itself.  Everything that I have ever  posted to this list regarding bad behavior by People was first person, and referenced by said Code.
For the record, I emailed Charlene 3 or 4 times, personally, in the past 3 years.  The latest was a couple days ago and she showed you.  That was my first email that she didn't like the questions to.
Lots of attacks by her towards me, allow me to disarm them.

Tri-Colored Heron:  A birder called me and I reported said bird to the List.  Lots of birders saw it, this was Busch CA. 2013? in June.  I went there and I reported to the List that I saw it but a Ranger was calling me back. (Another birder said to me that he didn't see it.  I know who you are and I'm sorry you didn't see it then).  I wasn't Trespassing, he wanted to make sure that I was aware of the soft mud.  No problem.  No Trespassing.

Cora Island:  I guess this was referenced from a couple days ago?
Another straw to grasp:
Big Muddy Cora Is. Unit
Zero signs that lead to Cora Is. are up.  Much different from last year.  Didn't  you post about a Red-necked Phalorope there, with photos last year?  Now how did you do that?  Big time signs were up saying the road was closed.  I didn't bird there because of the signs.
Now you can bird until a sign says STOP, and that's what I did and that's what I reported.

I'm not a bully nor a harasser.    I've said I'm not perfect (reference the Rock Wren @RMBS this winter).   But I've never threatened to not post when stuff doesn't go my way.  Which one of us has a history of that?  

Bryan Prather
St. Louis Co., Mo
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On Mon, 5/30/16, Charlene Malone <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 Subject: St. Louis bird sightings
 To: "MOBIRDS" <[log in to unmask]>, "Bryan Prather" <[log in to unmask]>, "Hazelwood, Susan" <[log in to unmask]>, "David Scheu" <[log in to unmask]>, "Keith McMullen" <[log in to unmask]>
 Date: Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:24 AM
 BEWARE: sensitive souls may be
 offended, please delete now
 My apologies for forwarding KEITH McMULLEN's msg contained  in the link  below before I THOROUGHLY  read it. Too much in a hurry. It was posted on the IL  listserve so just  passing it on.
 Did not properly edited it for offensive behavior but MOST  OF ALL I was  STUPID not to closely read it  to prevent harassment from the primary and chronic listserve  bully,  Bryan Prather.
 I always find it interesting when self appointed behavior  police pick  and choose what is ethical birding behavior or not.
 No use of playback while trespassing (ILLEGAL not unethical)  is OK and  PROMOTED (Cora Island, Lake 33 Busch/Tri-colored  Heron, etc)  What is it, which rules are OK to follow and which are OK to  break?
 Do I need to consult with the behavior police to know which  rules to follow  and which ones can be dis-guarded?..........I am a simpleton  and am  easily confused.
 Why this person is still allowed to be on this listserve  after all the  MANY people he has gone after publicly  on this forum is beyond my comprehension. Bad behavior  towards other  birders is OK if they find good birds?
 Or is it, let the bully go after the designated whipping  post as long as  it's not me, right?
 Is it any wonder why this listserve has such diminished  activity?
 Is it they don't want to become a target for displeasing the
 "neighborhood" bully.
 Over the years I have had to endure being ripped several new  orifices by  "people" (99.9% men)  needing to "raise their self esteem", one being so crude and  vile I  considered contacting the listserve  owners as well as the police. All for posting sightings of  birds.
 Since the current, chronic bully is dead set on attacking me  privately  and in public, for whatever I may do  (posts about bird sightings, my eBird lists (?!), probably
 breathing) I
 find no reason to continue.
 There have been absolutely NO efforts to get this person to  stop this  chronic harassment, to my knowledge,  so I have to defend myself the only way I know how.
 I tap out, someone else can be IT - Mr. Prather's, aka  Icarus, target of  the week.
 To quote Danny Glover, "I'm too old for this ****"
 Might be a washed up ancient hag of a birder but ain't going  to be an  easy target nor am I  going to go quietly into the night.
 Just wondering when this LISTSERVE devolved to become  Twitter?
 Charlene Malone
 St. Louis co.
 - if I get ANY PRIVATE e-mail harassing me further whether  by Mr. 
 Prather or anyone else concerning this topic  it will get posted on Mobirds.  If you're going to  harass me, have some  balls to do it publicly instead of hiding  behind your computer.
 - if I get kicked off of this listerve for any posts  concerning this  exchange or any further posts, I WELCOME it.
 PLEASE, Banish away!
 On 5/29/2016 7:39 PM, Charlene Malone wrote:
 > ILLINOIS bird
 > East St. Louis PAINTED BUNTING back
 > Read below for directions, instructions and warnings:
 > updates on IL listserve.
 > THANKS to Keith McM for the call and Aaron G and friend
 for finding 
 > the PABU.
 > Charlene Malone
 > St. Louis co.
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