Hot weather and birders

To: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: Hot weather and birders
From: Ronda Green <>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:31:59 +1000
I have a short section of this very issue (taking guests walking in the hot sun 
regardless of their fitness) in the e-book I'm about to publish on wildlife 
tourism, with a couple of (anonymous) examples of unsympathetic guides



On 25/10/2013, at 9:48 AM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:

> 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
> operator.  
> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> PO Box 71,  Darwin River,
> NT 0841
> 043 8650 835
> PhD candidate, SCU
> Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia

Ronda Green, BSc(Hons) PhD
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