Varied introductions to birdwatching.

Subject: Varied introductions to birdwatching.
From: (Chris Dahlberg)
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 10:34:15 +1000 (EST)
Hello everyone,
                 A nice little story from our wet tropics area. Peter
Collins from Ingham came out on the trip this morning with his binoculars
and enthusiasm and we had a reasonable trip after the flood of two days ago.
Apart from a couple from Melbourne, who would like to see the butcherbirds
and flying-foxes done away with, all the passengers were very keen on the
idea of the bird atlas and conservation matters in general. As normal at the
end of the trip I collect fax numbers so that I can fax the mornings species
list to people later in the day. Peter gave me his business card with the
fax number on it and I noted that he is the manager of the Victoria Sugar
Mill at Ingham. It appears his inspiration and introduction to birdwatching
has come from John Young's collaboration with the cane farmers to place owl
nesting boxes on cane farms and reduce poison baits for cane pests. I have
found it is not unusual for some of our good birdwatchers, like John, to
have a background in farming and a good appreciation of the environment.

Have a happy new year, mine has started well.


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