birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?

To: "'Nikolas Haass'" <>, "'david taylor'" <>, "'birding-aus birding-aus'" <>
Subject: birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 08:08:49 +1030
Every time I go out birding I make a point of avoiding the spiders and
their horrible webs.  Just looking at them is far too creepy for me.


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 On Behalf Of Nikolas Haass
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 9:54 PM
To: david taylor; birding-aus birding-aus
Subject: birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?


Everytime when I go out "birding" I try to identify mammals, reptiles,
amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies and spiders. Try that as well and
count the positively identified species in each group. You'll find out
that the birds are by far the largest group in your count. Birds are the
easiest to find AND to identify (with regular tools) group of animals.
That's why they are used as bioindicators rather than other similarly
sensitive groups. And that's also why listers love them: it's more fun
to come home with 100+ species "in the bag" as opposed to 5, or 10 or




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