You have struck a chord in my soul about sewage ponds. I remember well
the several lifers I saw at the Alice Springs, Melbourne and Darwin
ponds on my last trip to Oz (July, 1999). I have begun a collection of
pond locations with the thought of devloping a world-wide web directory.
(Andy Worhol said every one has 15 minutes of fame, perhaps mine will be
related to sewage ponds.)
If there are those who are interested, I would be willing to develop
such information and post it. It would seem that the following would be
1. Official name.
2. Physical location and how to get there in detail. Many ponds are down
some un-named road.
3. Access. Is it open to the public. If so, what are the days/hours. If
not open to the public, can arrangements be made, with whom (names,
phone numbers)? Is there other contact info.
If not open, are there trusted individuals who do have access and who
will take birders into the ponds--this was our case in Darwin
4. Information on being a good citizen and not messing it up for future
5. What birds might be seen there and at what season of the year.
6. If the ponds are very large, are there specific directions to getting
to ideal spots. (Our problem in Melbourne--got into the ponds--but did
not know where to go.)
7. Do local bird clubs make seasonal trips to the ponds?
Cortland, New York
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