Birdwatching Tourism

To: "Reg Clark" <>
Subject: Birdwatching Tourism
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 06:08:12 +1000
Reg Clarke on 27/01/1900 referred to my visitors book at a  birding spot.

About 1-1/2 years ago I placed a visitors' book in a steel toolbox (adjacent
to a previously built rock cairn) at a Carpentarian Grass-wren site near
Mount Isa.

At the front of the book is
-- a warning to carry a compass, especially if searching on the west side of
    the road.
     (In the middle of the day when sun overhead & no shadows I have needed
to use it twice)
-- lat. & long. and distance from the Isa
-- an area mud map (which visitors are asked to mark up with  locations of
any sightings)
-- advice to walk quietly, slowly and in small groups.
-- photocopies from QOSI (Qld Ornithological Society Inc) "Sunbird" of
papers about the first sightings in the area.
-- photocopy of an article in Australian Birding  Magazine by Chris Lester
-- a bird list for the CGW area
-- a note to look for a fat tailed mouse like creature.
-- some lined paper for visitors to write comments especially regarding the
birds habits

I have been surprised at the number of overseas visitors who have left a
kind note regarding the book at this remote location.
On one occasion 3  birdo's cars (travelling independently) were there at the
one time.

I have blocked access to the old mining exploration tracks with logs and
rocks after I found vehicle tracks of at least 2 vehicles in the spinifex
where I have seen the bird.  These birds are generally very timid and any
noise or sudden movement is enough to send them scurrying for cover.

The book contains 20 plastic pockets.  I retrieve any  new pages from the
book every few months and replace as soon as possible with photostats.

Some valuable info on the habits of this lovely, little, rare,remote
location bird is now starting to emerge from these notes.

Regards.... Bob Forsyth
Mail........... PO Box 933,Mount Isa,Qld,4825
Phone....... (07) 4743-3210
Heat......... is just a state of mind !
 > One step in gathering information on the above subject might be the use
   of Visitors Books. These could be placed at suitable strategic spots such
> The Esplanade, Cairns, Werribee STW, National Park etc. entry points ,in
> constructed hides and at places of special interest to birdos . They could
> also serve as a resource of local knowledge and information.
> If any  information is required as to how this works out I would suggest
> that they might consult Bob Forsyth of Mt Isa.who has had some experience
   in this area----------- Thank you Bob !!

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