Re[2]: [BIRDING-AUS] Unnatural Heritage Trust

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Subject: Re[2]: [BIRDING-AUS] Unnatural Heritage Trust
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 09:34:11 +1100
     It is clear that the introduction of this publication falls into the 
     area of "do not let the truth get in the way of a good story". The 
     information given in the introduction should have been clear and 
     correct. There is no doubt as to the numbers of SPECIES in Australia, 
     but the text in the introduction is written in GOV SPEAK where they 
     mixed up the terms species and varieties (what ever that may mean).The 
     statement that '23 species are presumed extinct' should be challenged 
     and have been presented correctly.
     This is not to say that there are a number of species and sub species 
     which are in serious decline within Australia.
        Alan Leishman
        Royal Botanic Gardens,
        Mrs Macquaries Road, SYDNEY
        Phone: (02)9231 8166  Fax: (02)9241 2797


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Subject: Unnatural Heritage Trust 
Author:  "Richard Dilena" <> at mailgate
Date:    09/2/00 20:25

At the risk of wading in to a debate above me, I tend to think that Denise 
Goodfellow's reply "not everyone is as knowledgeable as you!" has hit the 
nail on the head. I admit that the opening paragraph has some figures pulled 
out of someone's rear end (as Keith Egan said I doubt that much thought went 
into the phrase "more than 1000 species gracing our sky" etc), but as a 
publication for the masses, I thought it wasn't too bad.  My 9 year old 
daughter enjoyed it, as did my wife who hasn't got a natural history bone in 
her body....yet! (I'm working on that).  I think we need to recognise where 
the publication was intended for - political issues aside.  I'm a member of 
Friends of Group and any recognition in the printed media is a wonderful 
boost to a groups morale.
Richard Dilena
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