Bird- Ecotourism

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Bird- Ecotourism
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 08:25:02 +1000

You can't have one without the other, I mean, the easily accesible,
but magnificent views of many parrots are only possible because of the
preservation of mountain and other forests.

For example, a decade ago I was in Costa Rica and the tour I was with
had pulled over at the side of the Pan-American Highway at dusk at a
place called Carrara for a classic ecotourism moment: watching dozens
of Scarlet Macaws returning to roost. As it got darker the stream of
Macaws dried up, but then, suddenly thousands of Lesser Nighthawks
appeared hawking overhead (below the road, on a riverbank, there were
dozens of American Crocodiles pulled up).

But all this was dependent on there being abundant lowland forest and
mangroves preserved in the area (the Macaws were either travelling to
the forest from the mangroves or vice versa, can't remember which).
John Leonard

I want to be with the 99,999 other things.

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