GPS for birders

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Subject: GPS for birders
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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 20:13:38 +1000
Chris wrote in part, "The point is that GPS is an enabling tool which lets you do things which you couldn't otherwise carry out. But you need to know the limits of the technology to be able to use it to best advantage, or in some cases, with safety."

G'day Chris and all birding-aussers,

I agree and would have one if I could justify the expense.

The same caveat about knowing how to use it applies to older technology like compasses and topo maps. I was once in a fairly remote part of Australia about twenty years ago and could not convince a maths graduate that recording positions to the second of a degree was beyound the accurracy of the tools at our disposal, a 1:100 000 map and a ruler!

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