Birding publicity - conservation

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Subject: Birding publicity - conservation
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 00 05:54:05 +0000
Hello All

I used to be active in the Field Naturalists' Club up here and for a 
short time was president.  I didn't stand again (literally!) having 
caught Ross River virus!  I was also PR person for the Friends of the 
Wildlife Park until this year.

Maintaining membership in the Top End is always hard.  There is not the 
pool of retired people with time on their hands to carry out the sorts of 
jobs needed to run an organisation and so it falls back on the two or 
three to do most of the work.  In other organisations I've belonged to, 
the president found it hard to delegate, and committee members including 
myself dropped out as our skills weren't utilised.  In yet other 
organisations I've organised events that appealed to a wider audience, 
such as the sewage pond soirees.  Yet few naturalists are interested.

Another problem I struck can be demonstrated by the following story.  It 
happened during a biological survey run by the Field Nats in a park a few 
years ago pon which I caught an 'Antechinus bellus'.  I knew the animal 
well having worked as a biological consultant for several years carrying 
out surveys across the Top End of Australia.  However my identification 
was ignored by the ornithologist supervising the group who announced 
loudly, 'I wish ......... was here.  He'd be able to tell us what it is'! 
 This sort of attitude is unfortunately too common - I know of several 
who've met it, mainly women.  

So I now confine myself to areas where my skills can make a difference.   
As for conservation I do my bit by writing bird books, informing the 
visiting birdwatchers I take out, and supporting my Aboriginal relatives' 
attempts to keep their culture relatively intact.
Denise Goodfellow

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/fax 08 89818492
PO Box 39373

Parap Bookshop
2ndhand and new books
08 89813922

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