favourite birds and early environmental concern

Subject: favourite birds and early environmental concern
From: "Stephen Martin" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:35:33 EST+10

My 6 favourite birds this morning - in no particular order, as they 
spring to mind.

1) Australasian Gannet - dozens fishing off Long Reef/Collaroy on a 
clear sky day.

2) Snow petrel - haunting glimpses in Antarctic ice

3) King penguin - thousands and thousands and thousands in the seas 
and on the beaches of Macquarie Island

3) Rifle bird - dancing in Dorrigo

4) Siberian crane - seen through the swamp mists of Bharatpur in 

5) Fairy wrens- (red backed, superb and variegated) in lantana near a 
creek at Nimbin (confirmation hazy)

6) Palm cockatoo - calling and banging sticks in tree at Cape York.

Concern for environment

There's no doubt that the Franklin River campaign was a turning point 
in the history of world environmental politics. In earlier research 
in 19th century materials I found an interesting number of references 
to concern for the environmental destruction caused by Europeans. The 
reasons for the concern were aesthetic and economic, and in the case 
of John Gould, scientific. The earliest complaint I found about 
chopping down trees in the Sydney area was 1792, there's an early 
call to save a bird species on Norfolk Island also in late Eighteenth 
century. I put many of these into a book published in 1993. 

Its one of the more optimistic signs of the 20th century, that this 
concern( and other factors) have led to an effective political 
environmental movement.

Rather than clutter the net with details I send information to anyone 
who contacts me privately.




                        Stephen Martin
                 State Library of New South Wales
                      Sydney, Australia


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