Night Parrot Interview this morning

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Subject: Night Parrot Interview this morning
From: "Simon Clayton" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 17:06:58 +1000
Hi David,


I agree with your approach to bird conservation & tourism for sought after
species. The welfare of the bird must come first, particularly with
Threatened species. Good points


I think most birders are prepared to pay to view a bird, for the habitat
conservation of the rare species they may see, it may well be beneficial for
the species & associated ecosystems. 


Unfortunately, some tourism operators do use call-playback, spotlighting and
other disturbance during the breeding season of threatened species, for
profit, without the welfare of the birds in mind.


As a birding tourism business, we don't use call-playback, or spotlighting.
Night vision equipment is becoming more affordable, and disturbs the fauna
less, and we are having success with this viewing Masked Owls here, amongst
other fauna. Hopefully any money from those prepared to pay to see Night
Parrot, will support their conservation by doing it responsibly.




Simon Clayton


Birdrangers, Gibraltar Reserve

Cangai, NSW, 2460



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