Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:45:09 +1100
Don't write off snowmobiles because of the activities of some idiots, Martin. 
In areas that experience heavy winter snowfalls, they are an essential means of 
transport for large portions of their populations, as well as wildlife 
researchers. Even in Australia, they are an essential tool for search and 

Carl Clifford

> On 17 Feb 2015, at 7:25 pm, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
> I wonder who sponsored the research that showed snowmobiles were not much
> of an issue?  My nominations would be some entity associated with
> snowmobiles.  I have never ridden one of these appalling devices but have
> come across moose several times while walking in Canada and the U.S.  They
> paid no attention to the humans at all but simply carried on grazing or
> wading as they appeared to be doing before we arrived.
> I tend to be very suspicious of such research that seems to show access by
> park people is OK but us mere mortals have to be kept out.
> Martin
>> On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>> This article from the New York Times discusses the effects of recreation
>> on nature. Surprisingly, one study found that snowmobiles had less effect
>> on moose than cross country skiers - the animals were less afraid of the
>> machines they could hear coming and which soon left, than the skiers who
>> they couldn't hear as well and which stayed longer.
>> Not a very Australian example, but it makes you wonder if we birders might
>> have more effect than we think, wandering slowly and quietly through the
>> bush looking at stuff.
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