Buff-breasted Button-quail

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Subject: Buff-breasted Button-quail
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 14:55:27 +1000
Hi Birders,

I am in complete agreement with Mike Todd about the low threat posed by alleged" poachers" to our rarer species. As a former and retired national parks manager for 37 years, I see the biggest threat to our birds coming from land clearing and habitat destruction, not the "poachers and egg collectors", wrong though those practises are..

Therefore I cannot agree to Jeff Davies proposal about not letting people know about where the Buff-breasted Button-quail occur. The more the community known where BBBQ are to be found and the habitat they occupy, the more support there is to protect that habitat. Otherwise we have club that only let their mates known where BBBQ occur and that plays into the hands of developers and private consultants who know what rare things occur on their land but they don't tell any one so they have no hindrance to proposals to develop the land.

Evryone knows that Golden-shouldered Parrots occur on Artemis Station, Musgrave and to see them you have to get permission direct from the owner or alternatively hire the locally authorise guide to take you to the site. Surely this would be a suitable way to deal with the BBBQ.

The short term disturbances could at least therefore lead to long term gains for the species.

Alan Morris
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