Hot weather and birders

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Subject: Hot weather and birders
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:18:34 +0930
Recently the issue of tourism and hot weather was raised on Radio National.

Quite often I've been in the field with other guides who've either taken
people out in very hot, humid weather or who said they would have no
problems doing so.  One was a bus driver (who'd just started guiding as
well) who, if he'd had his way, would have taken a group of American
university students on a hike around the Kakadu sandstone in such weather.
The professor in charge agreed with him and it was only after I (their
guide/lecturer) refused to go that he backed down.

On another occasion a senior lady showed obvious signs of heat stress after
a long hike, but the guide appeared not to notice.

This issue is even more urgent now, with more hot days (we've probably had a
record number of fire ban days this Dry Season).

So please, if you're a visiting birder raise this issue with your guide or

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71,  Darwin River,
NT 0841
043 8650 835

PhD candidate, SCU
Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia


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