re: The Ethics of Birdwatching

Subject: re: The Ethics of Birdwatching
Date: 05 Mar 97 10:54:36 +1100
As others have pointed out, in Australia we are fortunate that the  
birding community is small enough for this not to be such a big  
problem.  In fact the use of such devices as tape recorders and spot  
lights may help the birds.  In that more information becomes known  
about distribution, more interest is gained in birdwatching etc. By  
enlarge I believe the national parks staff have this well in hand  
already particularly in the more sensitive areas. 
There is a ban on using tape recorders at Two Peoples Bay, which is  
more than reasonable given the confined population and the species  
involved.  There is a ban on landing on many sensitive Islands such  
as Cabbage Tree, Raine Island and parts of the Barrier Reef, Ashmore  
Reef, there are strict conditions to visiting Macquarie Island and  
many more that involve nesting birds. 
The only places that I can think of in Australia that are possibly  
over exploited in my opinion include Rufous Scrub-birds at O'Rielly's  
SE QLD, Sooty Owls Royal National Park, NSW and a few of the Golden  
Bowerbird sites Mt Lewis, NE QLD.  How many more are there?  
The species that real suffer are not those that may be affected by  
tape recorders or spotlights but those affected by disturbance on our  
beaches, land clearing, bushfires, clearing of mangroves, filling in 
swamps, hunting, collecting, ringing and flagging etc. etc.   
Tony Palliser  (.....Sydney, Australia)  
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563   
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669 

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