David Siems <>
Fri, 10 Nov 2000 07:01:44 +1100
Edwin Vella said in part "There is very little interest in birds
in Australia compared to overseas".
I may stand corrected but I believe the first edition of Simpson
and Day sold over 300,000 copies? If so, who bought them and this maybe the
I have watched birds as long as I can remember.
In 1985 when planning a trip to Egypt I decided to do a course
on Egypt at the Sydney University. In the brochure was an ad "Birdwatching
for beginners" with Terry Lindsey. At the end of the course Terry suggested
to the class that we join a bird club. He gave us NSWFOC and Cumberland. At
my first meeting of the NSWFOC I couldn't believe so many other people liked
birds and this opened up a whole new world for me. I thought "Why are
birdwatching clubs kept a secret?"
If private companies know the value of advertising, then I
think birdwatching clubs need to move out into this part of the world to
inform bird lovers who don't know about bird clubs.
I would like a dollar for the number of times new members have
said "I didn't know there were bird clubs".
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