A few questions

Subject: A few questions
From: Kiran Krishna <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 10:54:32 +1000 (EST)
Hello all,
  Thanks for the information. While I was thinking of a couple of
anecdotes passed on about releasing budgies, this is interesting. The
other main reason I asked was the sheer number of Common Mynas residing on
University of Sydney. Living in Manly myself, I can understand that some
problems might be caused by releases in New Zealand, but I think their
decision to try the bird markets instead of killing them was a sensible
one. The main problem with releasing the birds is that, without thinking a
bit about the effects on the local populations, it seems like a very kind
thing to do.


On Fri, 21 Sep 2001  wrote:

> Hi Kiran - and Mike
> I'm not sure if the Rainbow Lorikeets in New Zealand were
> released deliberately but there has been quite a row.  I would
> not be surprised if the following site (located by a search of
> the Internet) is run by the guy who was prosecuted over this:
> (There are also bits about this affair in the Birding-Aus
> archive.)
> Also I believe there is a proposal to create a new game reserve
> in Victoria which would involve releasing pheasants, partridge
> etc. 
> As for "non-deliberate" releases the sheer numbers of Barbary
> Doves in Alice Springs must be having an impact ....
> Michael Norris

The ghost of Ninon would be sorry now
To laugh at them, were she to see them here,
So brave and so alert for learning how
To fence with reason for another year.

Age offers a far comelier diadem
Than theirs; but anguish has no eye for grace,
When Time's malicious mercy cautions them
To think a while of number and of space.

The burning hope, the worn expectancy,
The martyred humour, and the maimed allure,
Cry out for time to end his levity,
And age to soften its investiture;

But they, though others fade, and are still fair
Defy their fairness and are unsubdued;
Although they suffer, they may not forswear
The patient ardor of the unpursued.

Poor flesh, to fight the calendar so long;
Poor vanity, so quaint and yet so brave;
Poor folly, so decieved and yet so strong,
So far from Ninon and so near the grave.
     - Veteran Sirens, Edwin Arlington Robinson

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