Re: birding-aus Rufous Scrubbird Mimicry

To: "Syd Curtis" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Rufous Scrubbird Mimicry
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 99 09:11:45 +0930

Some years ago I ran a national campaign about the practices of local 
tour operators.  For instance it was common practice to ram crocodiles 
with boats (the frightened animal's leap into air or water was supposed 
to 'thrill' tourists), or to rap on a tree or shake bamboo serving as a 
bat roost, again for the same purpose.  One fellow was chipping bits off 
2 billion year old stromatolites at a site sacred to local Aboriginal 
people, and doling them out to his clients.  

I tried to introduce a motion to the Darwin Regional Tourism Association, 
that operators 'not use intrusive methods' of showing people wildlife, 
but it failed.  And years later operators still regularly chase down 
frilled lizards and snakes.  I doubt whether such people will be better 
behaved if they ever 'discover' birdwatching and consequently  I'm very 
careful about using tapes up here in the Top End, especially in parks 
popular with tour operators.  
Denise Goodfellow

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