Re: birding-aus Advice re assistance/encouragement for an 8 year-old bir

To: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Advice re assistance/encouragement for an 8 year-old birder
From: "Merrilyn Serong" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 14:12:20 +1100

Dr Richard Nowotny wrote:

> Stuart, a friend of mine, has an 8 year-old niece who is besotted by birds
> and seems to have the makings of a life-long birder (she has binoculars, a
> surprisingly good knowledge of her local birds (out Vermont way) and a
> father with a modest interest in looking at birds).  Can anyone help Stuart
> (see email address in the Cc line above) with advice re where he might
> suggest his niece (or her father on her behalf) might go to support and
> further her growing interest?  Presumably the Gould League is one such
> option.  Does either BOCA or Birds Australia have a junior (very junior!)
> chapter?

To encourage this young girl's interest in birds, it would be very beneficial
to join BOCA and BA, and receive their magazines, and for father and daughter
to read them together.  This would help not only with knowledge of birds, but
also of reading and promote a wonderful parent-child bond.  Borrowing bird
videos and watching them together would be fun and educational.
Even more value would be gained by going on lots of outings to birding spots
like local parks and in the Melbourne area places like Warrandyte, Westerfolds,
Jells Park, Braeside, Cardinia, and Dandenong Ranges.  The You Yangs and
Western Treatment Plant (permit required) are wonderful for easy viewing of a
wide variety of species.  Just take binoculars, field guide, a picnic and loads
of enthusiasm.


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