bird banding--historical perspective

Subject: bird banding--historical perspective
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 11:27:51 +1100
Sorry to everyone who has heard all this before

John wrote:

I suspect that this is what will happen with bird banding; we will recognise
the genuine information that has been gained from it, and move on, and that
in future the hobbyist element will be completely removed from banding. I
hope so, anyway.

This is already happening. The banding scheme is controlled by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (part of Environment Australia). All bander's are licenced, have to undergo a training period, including assessment by other licenced banders. They are only allowed to operate under an approved project, which has clear objectives, and should have a finite time period. Already, it is far more difficult to get projects approved than five years ago, and the days of banders setting a net up just to catch a new species is long gone. There is always excitement involved in banding a new species, but the birds are always the first priority, and in the end they're safety is considered first.

P.S. I've always considered myself closer to Hermann Goerring

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