A good article that explains quite nicely why we should
continue banding and why banding schemes are important!
> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:50:22 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Re Banding trip to Buddigower Nature Reserve take 2
> In response to Harveys reply I need to apologise to Harvey about leaving the
> nets unattended as he has now said that the nets were not opened before they
> went off and set up camp and I have already sent a personal email to Harvey
> on that subject. But if you had read Harvey's Blog here is an excerpt from
> it; " When we arrived at Buddigower, Karen and I set to to get a few nets
> up before dusk, in the same area we had banded those four years previously,
> then went about the business of setting up camp" This quote is how I came
> to that conclusion, however it still does not change my point of view about
> banding birds in a local areas, again I ask for what purpose is it done?
> My personal thoughts are that a bird count done regularly by a local bird
> club will give you a considerable amount of information without putting the
> birds thru the trauma of being banded. Last Saturday afternoon I personally
> observed Sharp-tailed Sandpipers that had recently arrived and were
> vigorously feeding after their annual migration to our shores. They were
> feeding in one of the ponds near the Burrow Pits at the Western Treatment
> Plant and as they struggled to raise their legs in the soft mud I couldn't
> help but think that if they had large leg flags on their feet and that if
> birds of prey were around, which is quite common at this site, it could be
> the difference between life and death for those birds.
> Most people now know that the population of waders are dramatically dropping
> as many local groups throughout Australian do numerous wader counts and that
> information is passed on to the appropriate people and/or organizations.
> So why should we continue to Net, Traumatize and in some cases kill or maim
> birds, all for so-called research? I for one think not!
> Kindest Regards
> Geoff Jones
> Barra Imaging
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