Re: birding-aus Birdnest Trading

To: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Birdnest Trading
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 08:28:29 +1100
Tony -

At 03:34  21/12/99 +1100, you wrote:
>Any suggestions on how I should reply? 

I suggest there is little point in replying directly; although you could
ask for some clarification about the source caves for the nests, you may
not receive any useful response.  Balikpapan is in Borneo where there has
been systematic and fairly sustainable swiftlet nest harvesting for many
centuries, although there appear to have been recent declines in swiftlet
numbers possibly due to the extensive use of pesticides, anthropogenic
forest fires or the indirect effects of land clearing.  Whether the sender
of the message is looking for new markets for an existing (sustainable)
harvest - or otherwise - is unclear.  It may be more useful to forward the
message to the BirdLife Indonesia Programme <> and ask
for a comment.


Hugo Phillipps
Communications Coordinator
Birds Australia
415 Riversdale Road
HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
Tel: (03) 9882 2622, fax: (03) 9882 2677
Email: <>
Web site: <>

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