Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
From: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 20:30:39 +1000

I was about to respond to this matter, but you have most eloquently
expressed exactly my feelings.  My God!  One whole dope plant!!!!

Bob Cook

> From: Lawrence E. Conole <>
> To: 
> Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
> Date: Thursday, 8 July 1999 15:04
> --- 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
> [snip]
> > 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 ......  
> Cheers
> ===
> Lawrie Conole
> Victoria, Australia
> Phone (03) 9354 2484; (0419) 588 993
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