Re: Red-necked Stints in trouble.

Subject: Re: Red-necked Stints in trouble.
From: Peter Cheuwon <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 04:49:09 -0700 (PDT)

The message from Dave Beswick questions the wisdom and morality of multiple
banding small waders such as Red-necked Stints.   How many Red-necked Stints
are retrapped with triple leg flags and metal bands in following seasons?  Not
many I am willing to bet.  How many of the banded birds never make the
following season?  Not many would be a safe bet.   It is simply not known and
quoting vague and biased northern hemisphere research cuts no ice. It is
probable that most of the small multiple banded waders never make it.

These people (the banders) are deluding themselves about the importance of
their banding data.  A site is important if it is used by waders and if we know
that a bird was banded at Altona or Broome, it makes very little difference.

Don't worry about the passion, find some compassion and stop banding these
small waders.  How much evidence do you people want? If Red-necked Stints are
declining, you should not be touching them.

Peter Cheuwon

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. - How can you help?
Donate cash, emergency relief information
Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU