Bowerbird collecting

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Subject: Bowerbird collecting
From: "Ian Clayton" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 10:54:18 +1000
Hi All

I have recently acquired a copy of the permit issued to Dr. Elaine Baird Day
(spelling as per permit) along with a copy of a CSIRO ethics committee
letter of approval and a copy of an application to amend the permit.

There are several points that I would like to bring to your notice:

1. The submission for the project to the CSIRO Animal Ethics Committee was
submitted by Dr. David  Westcott ornithologist of CSIRO Atherton.  The
letter of approval is addressed to Dr. Westcott and states:
 "I refer to your submission to The animal Ethics Committee for the above
project and wish to advise that the committee has approved your project
subject to the following provisions being added to the project description".

2.  On the application to amend the permit it states:
"David Westcott will be participating in collection  activities with the
applicant thus we appreciate inclusion of his name on the permit".

3. The permit states:
"The following person(s) while under the direction of the licensee, is/are
authorised under this permit: David Westcott of - TFRC, ATHERTON, QLD 4883

4. On the Animal Ethics Committee approval letter, it states:

"There is an additional requirement to follow the fate of the bowers, to
replacement rates on removal of male golden, toothbilled, greaters and satin
if possible".

It also states: "Project to be reviewed at the end of the breeding season -
February 2001".

5. On the 15/11/2000 the permit holder submitted an amendment application
asking permission to collect 7 Spotted Bowerbirds from Taunton National
Park.  This amendment is still under consideration.

6. The Completion date on the permit is 15/12/2003.


Opinion 1.  Dr. Westcott should be held equally accountable for his actions
along with Dr. Day.

Opinion 2. In regard to the requirement to follow the fate of the bowers,
the "if possible" should not have been an option.   It should have been
to do so.

Opinion 3. If the Project is to be reviewed in February - 2001, we must
in earnest  to have the project stopped.

Opinion 4.  The permit should not be amended to allow collection of 7
Spotted Bowerbirds from Taunton National Park, a protected site.

Question:  The majority of these birds have been collected from sites within
the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics.  What protection, if any, does the
so-called World Heritage Listing give to the flora and fauns within it?
Bugger all?


Ian Clayton
Birds & Bush Tours
PO Box 6037, TMC, Townsville, Qld, Australia.     4810

Phone/Fax: 07 4721 6489
Phone/Fax International: + 61 7 4721 6489



To a man ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded, so
that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly
trees, as they watch for birds.

Gore Vidal

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