birding trip

Subject: birding trip
From: "Michael Wickens" <>
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 09:24:42 -0500
i plan to go to new zealand and parts of australia during the end of 
july and early august.  i would like to spend at least one day 
birding in new zealand, but since i am from the states, i wont have a 
car (that, and i cant afford to rent one anyway).

does anyone know any contacts that could lead me on a birding 
trip...perhaps for a small fee, or for free just to have fun?  i dont 
have firm dates yet (i should have them soon).  i am not interested 
in trying to get as many species as i can.  i like to watch birds, 
but dont necessarily desire to try to get as many in as i can and not 
enjoy the trip.  i would like to see a kiwi if possible.  but since 
this will be the first time out of the united states (aside from 
short canada trips and a month long mexico job), so nearly every bird 
i will see will be new.

in australia, i will be in cairns.  i hope to spend a while there...i 
want to go snorkeling.  i am taking a job at the lotus bird lodge, so 
i will already have seen many of australia's local birds in the 
area...but it would still be nice to wander around and see what i can 
see, bird wise.

thanks for any help.  and if i can only have one or two field guides, 
which are recommended (packing space is i will have one 
US guide, one for Hawaii, one for Australia (i hope), and one for new 
zealand (do they have one for there?)

mike wickens

I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life
in the universe is that it hasn't tried to contact
us yet.

Michael Wickens
Box 797 Southampton College
Southampton, NY 11968

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