Birding tourism and the Cairns Esplanade

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Subject: Birding tourism and the Cairns Esplanade
From: "crandrews" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 22:05:52 -0800
        Re Keith and Lindsay Fishers email (via Russell )  regarding  Cairns Esplanade.
               I have two ideas for you as follows:
                                        Bushwalkers when walking into more remote areas are requested to fill in a "visitors log" book in which they put in some relevant details about their trip: party size, destination and route. This serves two purposes firstly the national parks can keep a tally of the numbers using the trail and they also have vital information if the party is delayed or lost. The book is kept in a covered wooden box attached to a stand about chest height and placed in a prominent position.
    Although I am not familiar with the Cairns Esplanade I am sure a similar system could be used successfully there. You could signpost the logbook as  BIRDWATCHERS LOGBOOK PLEASE FILL IN   or something similar. I suggest you would need to get a sturdy book and secure several pens/pencils to the book so they don't go walkabout. Likewise you may want to remove or copy the completed pages at regular intervals in case the book dissappears. This isn't  a problem in remoter bush areas but it may be with vandals or those who don't have the same interests as yours.The details required could be the date, number of people and place of origin including country of origin.
         In addition you could even have a special sheet/section for people to list the birds they have seen there that day. This would be of particular interest  to birders coming after them. However you would need to be very careful not to frighten off the casual birder by requesting too much detailed information and thus defeating your number counting objective.
            2)  CREATING INTEREST IN BIRDS IN AN AREA. (Also for children)
                                                                                    Another idea that I have seen used successfully in other spheres and that can create much interest for birders and non birders alike. This could be used for the Esplanade but also in national parks or other birding areas also.
        You have a blackboard or white board kept in a prominent position for the public to see and during the day people write down on the board the birds they have seen ( and possibly even where  they have seen them). Although you will probably want to confine it to the more unusual sightings as there won't be enough room on the board to list all birds. ( However you could have an A4 sheet with the names of the common birds on it and people could tick these off ). Kids would probably get a real buzz by writing their birds on the board.
            The advantages are that birders can see what birds have been seen that day and it also makes the general public very aware that there birds in the area and of all the differant birds that are in that area.
                                    Regards        Charlie Andrews
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