Here's a story in the Chicago Tribune about the LE Owls that are roosting on the south side of the loop.
What a perfect publicity subject for birds, birding and birders. There are people stopping by that aren't birders that enjoy the owls. One girl, Nina, who is 17, got to see the birds for her birthday. She was quite ecstatic about it. As they point out, "remarkable things are ahead". Only good can come from this.
However, protecting the birds should be at the back of all our minds. They don't seem to be disturbed as of now. I hope that stays that way. We should be watching the birds closely and be prepared to back off at the slightest sign of disturbing them.
Otherwise, I say enjoy them while they're there. If they don't appear to be disturbed, then it means that owls and people are living side by side. The owls get what they need and we get to enjoy them.
Now I just have to get down there before roosting season is over. I need LE Owl for a few lists. Not just my year list. lol