Re: what bird is that? (SEQ)

Subject: Re: what bird is that? (SEQ)
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 18:05:33 +1000
Thanks, David. I understand. I see too that you advocate contacting 'state fauna agencies' as a first choice, or TBN, etc., if one is unsure.
        For those of us outside the 'contacts' loop, not knowing what will happen next, (whether one reports to the state, or to BA or BOCA,) can be confusing.


Judith wrote "On the other hand, if I were ever to see a 'rare bird' (or  even, like now, to have just a hint of one), maybe it's better to leave it be, say nothing, go nowhere near it ever again?"

The major problem with this approach is that  those who are actively working to conserve these rare species never get know about what could well be a significant sighting.  By pretending that they don't exist  (leave it be, say nothing, go nowhere near it) you could well be condemning it to an uncertain future.  It is very difficult to argue against unwise development if there are no records of threatened fauna on the site.

There are circumstances where were wider public access to sensitive species can be argued but, generally, most threatened bird species are under threat because of habitat degradation rather than direct human persecution.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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