Percentage of birders in Australia

To: "Dave Torr" <>, "peter crow" <>
Subject: Percentage of birders in Australia
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 22:35:40 +1100
I'd say this issue is affecting all kinds of clubs.  In the short period of 
time that the internet has been popular, most of the world's computer clubs 
have dwindled away.  Information is easier to get via the web.

But having said that, I'm guessing that the web is possibly making birding more 
popular.  Vaguely interested people can use it to identify birds they've seen 
and therefore become more interested.

I'm not a member of any bird clubs.  Should I?  What's the benefit?

Someone mentioned the confusing number of clubs.  That is a factor for me.  
Bird club subscriptions aren't cheap compared to many other kinds of club, so 
joining more than one isn't likely to happen.

Peter Shute

-----Original Message-----
From:    on behalf of Dave Torr
Sent:   Sat 17/02/2007 3:56 PM
To:     peter crow
Subject:        Percentage of birders in Australia

Secondly the issue of bird club membership I suspect troubles all bird clubs
- and I suspect that many non-birding clubs have similar issues. One thought
is that in the "good old days" access to information was difficult and
travel fairly hard - often the only way to find out anything and get to see
birds was with a club.

Now with Birding Aus, the various state Birdlines and all the resources of
the Net it is SO easy to find out information - and much easier to travel to
see birds. So clubs have to strive to be more relevant than they were I

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