Paul, one of the key points in the original complaint was that trying to
unsubscribe from these emails was ineffective. Do you have an explanation for
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> On 8 Dec 2015, at 6:37 PM, Paul Sullivan <>
> Technology willing, I've responded to a few questions raised on this forum
> (I've being lurking and listening with interest).
> Firstly, BirdLife's appeal is aimed at the hundreds of thousands of
> Australians who are not aware of the wonderful journey and plight of our
> migratory shorebirds - the "silence". Our supporter base is very broad and
> growing fast; it does not just include members who know their birds.
> Ornithologists may have known this is a conservation issue for decades but
> the fact that birds like Eastern Curlew are now critically endangered
> suggests our collective efforts (here and overseas) to date are not working -
> the "crisis”.
> Sadly, government funding for long term conservation programs like Shorebirds
> ended in mid 2013 (and, frankly, it's not coming back). So we all need to
> accept the pivotal and growing role of our wonderful donors to fund bird
> conservation. Thanks to our generous supporters, programs like Beach-nesting
> Birds are core funded; we've re-invested in Important Bird & Biodiversity
> Areas and developed a new (and exciting, watch this space) Birdata portal and
> app to support our volunteers.
> We are trying hard to match our communications and language with the audience
> but this is a work in progress. We are only as smart as our database (hence
> the recent survey).
> The shorebirds appeal and a forthcoming campaign into 2016 will allow
> BirdLife to play a leadership role in the implementation of a new
> conservation plan for migratory shorebirds (soon to be released by the
> federal government). We know what the solutions are. This is a real
> opportunity to build momentum, partnerships and action - in Australia and the
> Flyway - so we can all continue to enjoy these birds.
> For the record, our fundraising program is a very low cost model, managed
> in-house by a small professional team. A Committee of people with public
> standing oversee all public donations to ensure they are properly accounted
> for in accordance with the constitution and guidelines applying to the
> Register of Environmental Organisations.
> Many on BirdingAus already help by volunteering, donating and/or sharing
> their expertise. Thank you. I am very grateful for your support.
> As RSPB founder William Henry Hudson said, "You cannot fly like an eagle with
> the wings of a wren". Bird conservation will rely on a movement of people
> like you who care about birds and nature.
> Enjoy your festive break and keep fighting for our native birds.
> Paul Sullivan
> Chief Executive
> BirdLife Australia
> 0477 007522
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