from the Top End: birds, award, Bo Beolens, avitourism research

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Subject: from the Top End: birds, award, Bo Beolens, avitourism research
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:00:06 +0000
Good afternoon all

Another busy year here at Darwin River, is coming to a close.  In our efforts 
to conserve wildlife habitat on our property we’ve successfully controlled both 
Gamba and Mission Grass. Rats-tail Grass and a couple of other weeds are a work 
in progress including one vigorous herb, a sticky Stylosanthes, that I suspect 
impedes the access of Partridge Pigeon to our grasslands.

The other week I was awarded a trophy (NT Resource Management Individual 
Champion) in part for these efforts in trying to protect bird habitat, as well 
as for my fauna books and endeavours to help Aboriginal people stay on their 
country through appropriate birdwatching tourism. It really was a pleasant 
surprise, and thanks to my friends Heather Boulden and Jeremy Hemphill of 
Friends of Fogg Dam for nominating me.

Then Bo Beolens mentioned myself and two other women involved in tourism, in 
his Grumpy Old Birder column, UK Birdwatching Magazine, 
<>.  To have such support has been a rare thing 
over the decades, and I value friends  who’ve given that support, such as 
Heather, Jeremy, Bo and Alan McBride, and a few others.

For anyone interested in research I’ve two papers accepted for CAUTHE (The 
Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education) Conference, to be 
held in Dunedin, NZ, in February, 2017.  The first deals with the 
trust-building that led to Kunwinjku of western Arnhem Land welcoming 
birdwatching couples onto their country.  The second, based on research from my 
PhD, examines the influence of women and the relationship with their spouse 
among US birding couples, and the consequences for the avitourism industry.

I wish all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

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

PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International  Ecotourism Award, 2004.
Liaison Officer, NT Field Naturalists’ Club

With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this continent 
becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.

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