Re: German Parrot Breeders and Birdwatchers Visit.

Subject: Re: German Parrot Breeders and Birdwatchers Visit.
From: Harry Clarke <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 13:20:21 +1000

Are the "parrot breeders" from Germany (who are also birdwatchers) people
that Birding-Aus should support? Should Birding-Ausers put them into
contact with "parrot-breeders' here? 

Isn't "parrot-breeding" sometimes about putting wild birds in cages.... A
recent polemic by Laurie Conole suggested Birding-Aus was concerned with
observing birds in the wild.

It is dangerous to make moral judgements given poor information and I
don't. It may be that the German parrot breeders are conservationists
breeding rare parrots for noble reasons. The Healseville sanctuary do the
same for Orange-bellied parrots. I therefore make no judgement -- I simply
ask a question about an issue that I think should be resolved before
assistance is offered. 

At 10:51 AM 3/31/98 +1000, you wrote:
>A group of German parrot breeders and birdwatchers wish to visit Australia
>in Feb 1999 for some 16 days, travelling (say) from Darwin - Kakadu - Ayres
>Rock - Melbourne - Sydney - Lamington NP - Cairns (but subject to change
>should a different route add more bird interest). 
>They would like to travel with a bird watcher with parrot knowledge, German
>speaker preferred. This would be a paid position, and involve some tour note
>and bird list preparation in advance of their arrival.  
>Is there someone our there who could fit into this scheme??
>I would also appreciate comments on their best itinerary, not-to-be-missed
>locations etc. 
>Do we have many parrot breeders, and where are they?? 
>I would appreciate any comments
>Dr. David Roots 
Harry Clarke
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Faculty of Law and Management

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