Joy and I have been talking to shop keepers, petrol stations etc about bird
watching for some years now and in some cases, as when we go in for an
icecream after a hot morning's birding at Goshen or Hattah, we carry our
binos into the shop to help illicit comments.
I also try to mention any good shops, caravan parks, motels etc in my blog
in the hope that other birders will go to the same places. For example, the
owner of the Countryman Motel in Orbost now knows us and why we visit and
tells us of any special birds she has heard of.
On 1 May 2013 12:55, Debbie Lustig <> wrote:
> I would like to follow up something in Jen Spry's recent trip report. I
> would like to ask birders to talk to locals in country towns about what
> are doing, and why they're doing it in that area. (They seem to have
> cottoned on in Chiltern.) In wetland areas, wouldn't it be great for
> newcomers to say 'We've come to watch birds', rather than 'We've come to
> shoot birds'.
> This is a vital message for rural towns, which don't always see the
> of birdwatching because we are - dare I say it - quieter, less identifiable
> and - maybe - we drink a little less beer.
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