Night Parrots

Subject: Night Parrots
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:37:53 +1100
Hello Matthew,

I'm afraid the Rare bird subforum of Birdforum seems to be inhabited mainly by 
pedants or twitchers, neither of whom matter very much in the overall scheme of 
things. John Young has been out in the desert looking for Night Parrots for 
many years and finally he has found them, and what really matters, raised their 
public profile. The pictures are just that - pictures, and if they have been 
edited for public consumption, so be it. There has never been any suggestion 
that Night Parrots don't still exist and there are many observations in recent 
times to support this.

What matters more to many people (but not everybody) is their future 
conservation. Recently elected Liberal/National Governments have shown their 
true colours and the future for conservation in Australia is looking grim - 
opening up National Parks to cattle grazing is just one issue, even to hunting 
(shooting) in NSW! Our only hope may rest with private enterprise - if we want 
land for conservation purposes, we'll simply have to buy it. This is already 
taking place by people like Bush Heritage and AWC (Australian Wildlife 
Conservancy) albeit on a very small scale.

This brings me to my main point. Post #651 in the subforum has gone completely 
un-noticed. Let us all hope that the reason the world's richest woman, apart 
from claiming to have seen a Night Parrot, has spent time on Birdforum not only 
to join but to post a comment. She may well be interested in the future 
well-being of the Night Parrot and she alone could make a difference.


Graeme Chapman

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