ABC Radio - congrats to Judie Peet

To: "Judie Peet" <>
Subject: ABC Radio - congrats to Judie Peet
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 19:46:26 +1100
Hi Judie,
I didn't hear your excerpts on radio, but it sounds like a great initiative. Don't worry about what the supposedly more "hardcore" birders think - they're not your audience! The important thing is to reach more people and make them think about things they otherwise wouldn't. Birding IS, after all, great fun - something that gives everyone on this list a great deal of pleasure - and if it is continually portrayed to others as the serious and slightly nerdy activity it's usually perceived as, we'll never get anywhere in conservation terms.
Everyone on this list, I believe, has something to contribute to birds and their conservation. If we think inclusively rather than exclusively, we'll attract far more people to our flock. A question/theme that may be worth returning to in our own minds is, what initially attracted me to birds and birding?
Cheers, AS
>> I'm grateful too to the "hard core birders" who've taken time to let me know that they too enjoyed the series. I'm conscious that much of it is just "fun" stuff, designed to have general appeal ~ and I sometimes cringe inside, wondering what listeners with real knowledge about birds will think of it.
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