"Native Australian budgerigars are blue in colour"

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: "Native Australian budgerigars are blue in colour"
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 17:44:46 +1100
G'day Carl & others

Good point Carl, perhaps I should have said the two presumed ex-
teachers that authored the book.  I certainly do not blame the
teachers that are having to bridge the gaps between the written word
in the texts, student expectations and the factual world of science.

Happy birding and reading

Mike Tarburton

On 27/02/2007, at 4:16 PM, Carl Clifford wrote:

Don't blame the teachers, they only have to use such texts. School
texts are written by an anonymous melange of media officers,
"senior educators" and academics. My former wife regularly
expressed her exasperation at the content of texts she was required to use. Unfortunately the situation is frequently no better in the area of tertiary education. I remember some of my texts giving me a laugh.


Carl Clifford

On 27/02/2007, at 10:44 AM, Michael Tarburton wrote:

So although it appears we cannot be sure how many bird watchers
there are in Australia, it is clear that as we are not getting
through to our teachers that publish text books.  There are either
not enough of us or we are not doing as much as we can to educate
our society on our native birds.

The authors of this current text actually make many false
statements.  Just one more example relating to birds follows.

They claim that “the fossil record also gives evidence that species
have changed over time, and may show how new species arose.”  They use
Archaeopteryx as an example and claim that its morphology has allowed
scientists to deduce “that birds have evolved from a dinosaur


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