Re: Fw: [Birding-Aus] Number of Birders in Australia

To: jade welch <>
Subject: Re: Fw: [Birding-Aus] Number of Birders in Australia
From: Trevor Hampel <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 15:06:42 +1030

jade welch wrote:

At present i am working on this by looking at producing posters (and sample packs) for my local primary schools of the birds and animals of our area. By discussing with the children what makes birds wonderful and interesting and by taking them for a walk around the school where birds particularly some of the more common species are on display i hope to get more young people interested in birding and conserving species. If only one child out of 30 becomes a birder then so be it.

Well done Jade.

I had the same attitude towards students before retiring from teaching. That one child out of 30 equates to 3% of the population or over 600,000 people - far more birders than we probably have in Australia now. But enthusiasts like you are few and far between, unfortunately.

I generally found that primary aged children are nearly all interested in the natural world and birds in particular. They seem to lose interest at some stage - probably when the hormones kick in with new interests. Still - we shouldn't stop trying to encourage the young. Just recently I discovered that one of my former students is currently studying to be a marine biologist. That's exciting.

Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

Check out my BLOGS (web logs):

Trevor's Birding - observations and photos of birds at

Trevor's Travels - travels in Australia, Thailand and Nepal at

Trevor's Writing - read some of my writing at

To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU