Bowerbird collecting

To: Ian Clayton <>
Subject: Bowerbird collecting
From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 08:50:17 +1000
Ian Clayton wrote:

> 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:


Good work Ian and I totally agree with you.

The alarming thing is that the completion date of the project is December 2003. 
seems that in just 6 months there have been several amendments to the original
permit which was to take blood samples from 40 birds and to take 2 Great 
specimens, to taking blood samples from 100 Great Bowerbirds  and the taking of 
specimens of mixed species including Golden and Tooth-billed.  One wonders what
these people have in mind for the next 2 years and how many more amendments 
will be
submitted.  Perhaps I am cynical but one cannot help but wonder whether it has 
been going to a  well orchestrated plan right from the beginning!

The Spotted Bowerbird (which is still to be collected from all reports) is one 
which would be really copping it from the huge amount of land clearing going on 

Another thing we should keep in mind is that Dr Day's work is conducted from a
Department of Phycology - not from biology, ornithology, environment or what 

Lloyd Nielsen,
Mt Molloy,
Nth Queensland

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