Much Ado about Banding and Study

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Subject: Much Ado about Banding and Study
From: "Scott O'Keeffe" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2000 21:58:03 +1000
With regard to ado about bird banding and scientific study.  I have to say
that the misinformed (to put it mildly) comments of anti-banding/study
contributors to this list would make me laugh.  But for the fact that
anti-intellectualism seems to be increasingly popular, and is occasionally a
barrier to useful scientific investigation.  One thing about all the ado
over these anti-intellectual comments is the poor response.  My own thoughts
about Night Parrot and others have been expressed by others.  So what.  Can
we really afford to be so cocky and complacent as to let this pass with our
response consisting of some name calling which is about on the level of the
original jibes?  Nobody has put down, succinctly, point by point, a list of
the benefits of banding, blood sampling for pathogens, DNA study and others.
Perhaps with some examples.  This would be a more intelligent response; one
which I would rather that ?observers? of the debate see as opposed to
sniping (pardon the pun).  I?m sure the examples would be of interest to all
of us, and would generate some interesting discussion.  I?ve helped in some
banding projects, but I am no expert.  Perhaps someone with significant
experience and commitment would like to start the ball rolling?

Scott O?Keeffe 

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