night parrot story

Subject: night parrot story
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 09:25:50 +1100
On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 03:14:29PM +1000, peter crow wrote:
> The bird was found at the beginning of summer, not a time for
> average citizens to wander there. Maybe the find was not published
> then to ensure that hordes of twitchers didn't descend on the area
> over whelming the small staff to say nothing of ensuring that none
> twitchers joined the parrot in the hereafter.

There was concern expressed on birding-aus 2 years ago that QPWS
had pulled rangers out of some outback national parks into towns -
so Diamantina Lakes NP might not have any staff permanently on site.
The worry was not lack of support for birdwatchers -  it was the effect
on vital feral animal control programs.

I'm with others, I cannot see valid concerns for conservation (or bird
watchers) that would justify withholding this information.  QPWS/EPA is
apparently happy to use data collected by birdwatchers but seems less
willing to reciprocate.


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