Percentage of birders in Australia

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Percentage of birders in Australia
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 07:40:20 +1100
As someone who plays an active role in one of the major bird clubs (although
of course anything I write is my views, not theirs!) I would like to ask you
- and all the other birders out there who do not belong to any clubs - what
it would take to get you to join a club - what would a club have to offer to
make it worth joining?

On 17/02/07, Peter Shute <> wrote:

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:        Re: [Birding-Aus] Percentage of birders in Australia

Secondly the issue of bird club membership I suspect troubles all bird
- and I suspect that many non-birding clubs have similar issues. One
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
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
see birds. So clubs have to strive to be more relevant than they were I


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