Number of birdwatchers in Australia

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Subject: Number of birdwatchers in Australia
From: "Allan & Hazel Wright" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 16:23:35 +1000
The recent debate on the number of birdwatchers in Australia prompted me to consider the number of Australian born birdwatchers we actually have in this country. Nearly all of the "top" birders on Tony Palliser's Totals list have started birding in the UK before coming to Australia, many of the people involved at Club level are from the UK and many of the people I meet on outings are English.

Is this the result of Australian children being more involved with sporting activities during their school years or does it reflect a gaping hole in our school curriculum? How can we change the perception that birdwatching is for dorks, retirees, or just dorky retirees?

Hazel Wright
Canberra ACT


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