Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] Birding publicity

Subject: Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] Birding publicity
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 14:15:26 EST
Isn't part of the problem (as shown by some of the responses to this e-mail) is that for such a small population we seem to have an inordinate number of bird clubs. I know this partially due to the large distances within Australia, but does seem to be a bit "popular people's front of Judea" as well (apologies to non Monty Python fans). I don't know how you solve this, and I am certainly not advocating that local clubs are not relevant, but it certainly must make coordinating publicity at a national level more difficult. However, a number of people have mentioned the number of bird watchers in Britain (and having visited places like Abernethy Forest in Scotland I found it incredible). There are obviously local clubs but the really obvious presence is the RSPB. There are probably other national groups which probably will destroy my argument, but until Australia has a strong national group, then publicity will be difficult. I know Birds Australia is starting to do this well, so hopefully more progress can be in the near future. I also think that encouraging children, particularly through education, is critical. As one final note, I think that many people that are interested in birds (and the environmental generally) than a lot of people think. Not being in a club or on a mailing list does not mean that the interest is not there. The challenge is to convince these people that the continual existence of these animals may not continue if current practices continue, and to try and do something about it.

From: "Ralph REID" <>
To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Birding publicity
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 12:17:46 +1100

Without doubt, the spread of the Internet and the services provided by
facilities such as birding-aus, are useful in raising awareness about
birding and associated topics.

However, there would appear to be insufficient co-operation between the
persons/organisations that maintain Internet sites, in that some sites to
not provide adequate links to other sites of interest.

Two out of many examples:

Toowoomba Bird Observers at - I can not find any
site that provides a link to here.

Hunter Bird Observers Club at - the only link
found to this site is the one from Birds Australia.

I hope this information above is accurate - I used the GoEureka 'link
search' facility to find any links - if I am wrong, then there is a problem
with the search engine.

But if this is so, I think that it illustrates that those
persons/organisations on the Internet could do more to publicise each
other's activities. Actually, I hope I'm wrong.

Another thought - do any of the birding organisations produce/sell rear
windscreen stickers?


Ralph Reid

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