RE: The future of Emu and Birds Australi

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Subject: RE: The future of Emu and Birds Australi
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 17:41:12 +1000
Peter Waanders wrote:

> 4. Australians as a whole seem keen enough to become members of all kinds of
> sporting clubs, perhaps we should promote birdwatching as a sport? (Imagine
> that, an Olympic twitchathon!)

Hmmm, a challenging idea.

Twitchathons are based on an honour system, and given the amount of
cheating involved with professional sport [which now includes many
Olympic sports] the challenge is to devise a cheat resistant system.

Perhaps a number of tagged birds could be released into an area, and
teams have the challenge to record as many of the tagged birds in a set
time (eg like getting to as many controls as possible in a rogaining
[orienteering] event).

Perhaps one day in the not so near future, contestants in twitchathons
will be issued digital cameras, with awards for the greatest number of
species photographed, and [perhaps] the greatest number of species in
the one picture.

Regards, Laurie.
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