Totally agree Richard ....

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Subject: Totally agree Richard ....
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 22:59:35 -0800 (PST)


If we want birding/twitching/ornithology to grow in
the interests and hearts of all inhabitants on this
planet both young and those not so young then surely
we should get clever with our techniques and methods.
I read with interest from many "netters" who state the
method of canon netting kills birds, this has NOT been
denied by anyone on this list. Does it matter if it is
one bird in a million, or one bird in a hundred? it
kills is the fact. The fact it kills and we are a
conservation group should have bells ringing? what is
the overall reaction of the birds due to the canon
being fired? what does this do on it's own to the
stress level of the birds? what is the stress level
when the birds are netted? how many die in the nets?
how many die from the action of netting in it's
entirety? how many die later because of this pursuit.
It does not matter if it is used to gain invaluable
data one iota. It kills. How long has canon netting
been taking place? is the bird kill trend reducing? if
so to what extent? how much more data is needed? how
many more birds have to die before we have this data?
perhaps a time period should be greatly thought of,
along the lines of NO NETTING in 2003 and 2004 of all
birds but a study on canon netting in 2005.


Birding is without any doubt THEE most healthy of any
PURSUIT on this planet. Some facets of it include
science. It is thee most healthiest not only for the
fact that it's a fresh air activity, not only that it
promotes use of grey cells, not only that it promotes
the use of young and growing muscles or any one of
another million other good use factors BUT it keeps us
aware of how much damage we are doing to this planet
and our local environment, if pursued then each and
every day. Yes it forms beautiful long lasting
friendships, YES it builds overseas bonding, and YES
to many many more good reasons. The best scientist I
know of, in my Hampshire lads reckoning, is not one
that misguidedly creates damage by splitting an atom
but one who helps to conserve the dwindling resources
we have left on this planet. Perhaps one that makes 20
years of earth energy last for a hundred years.


That is the learned pursuit of the have's telling the
have not's how much less they will get next year just
after announcing their latest pay rise! is it not?

John A. Gamblin

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

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