Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots

Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 22:04:40 -0700 (PDT)
--- Muir Environmental <> wrote:

> I've been told nature reserves and national parks are popular places
> for
> people to grow marihuana plants (or plantations!) - often well away
> from
> vehicle tracks, etc.  I'm just mentioning this because birds like


> The owners are undoubtedly potentially dangerous - there's money
> (often a
> lot) at stake....
> Reporting such sightings - what do others think?

I think perspective is the missing ingredient.

Single Cannabis plants in the middle of nowhere are common enough -
I've seen plenty while walking across country - but I wouldn't want
birders getting paranoid about being 'done in' by dangerous drug
barons!!!  Plenty of dopeheads grow their own in just this fashion, and
are unlikely to upset the harmony of your birding trip in any
significant way.  If you come across a sizeable plantation - sure, get
out of the area promptly - but the odd individual plant is hardly worth
the bother.

People do get up to a variety of nefarious activities in bushland
areas, and we should all take due care without getting in a tiz about
it.  Shooters and trailbiker riders are more likely to harm me (albeit
accidentally).  I must admit to being a bit taken aback by the
righteous middle-class surprise and outrage that this particular petty
horticultural pursuit has flushed out ......  

Lawrie Conole
Victoria, Australia

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