The impending extinction of naturalists

To: "Judie Peet" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: The impending extinction of naturalists
From: "Patricia Sykes" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 18:33:49 +1100
I second that, Judie. My sister and I were both members of the Gould League of Bird Lovers when we were at primary school. We were at a small bush school at the time and birds were part of our life, from the eagles and hawks that were more frequent in lambing season to the fairy wrens, the magpies, the kookaburras, the kingfishers, the robins, the plovers, etc. etc. Neither of us belong to birding clubs but we've never lost the lifelong practice of looking for and living with birds. Currently I'm 'observing' a pair of crimson rosellas nesting in a tree near my door (I share an acre of natural bush opposite a forest) keeping an eye out for the rufous fantail and wondering whether the pair of spotted ground thrushes survived the feral cats. It seems to me that the major problem is that so many kids, and their parents, don't 'live in nature' any more.
regards, Patricia
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