re: Listing dilemma

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Subject: re: Listing dilemma
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 96 15:46:27 +60000
When a question came up some time ago on counting birds as lifers if you've 
seen them on television, I commented that "how could you in your heart count 
them as a lifer if you haven't really seen the bird in the wild - in life - 
doing it's thing naturally".

I would make the same comment about this:  how could those birdos in their 
heart count the bird as a Minnesota bird in the circumstances where the bird 
did not cross the river in fully natural circumstances?  They can do this 
because they're not really "birdwatchers" doing it for the love of the hobby - 
they're merely chasing numbers - and I would suggest that the listing should 
be disallowed.

We don't want birdwatching as a hobby (and serious interest to many) brought 
to ridicule by these sorts of activities.  It could also endanger conservation 
efforts and projects if people who are not pro-conservation could quote 
stories like this, as conservation often relates to specific sites.

Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW

Paul Taylor <> Wrote:
| Some enterprising birdos thought that it would be really 
| neat to be add
| this bird to the list, so set out for the Minnesota side 
| of the border
| opposite where the Pygmy Nuthatch had been seen.  Armed 
| with a tape
| with Pygmy Nuthatch calls, they managed to lure the bird 
| into Minnesota
| and onto the list.  Or did they?
| So while the listing is technically acceptable, it 
| probably isn't ethical.
| If it isn't ethical, should the listing be ruled 
| unacceptable?

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