Number of birdwatchers in Australia

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Subject: Number of birdwatchers in Australia
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 21:00:21 +1100
Hi all

Does anyone know a good mailing list or site to discuss this issue and learn about remedies ?

Being a Pom in Melbourne I think Andrew Hobbs and Michael Hunter are right about the effects of our urban structure and English bird behaviour being more obvious. But here we also have a pioneer mentality of conquering the bush.... As a local pollie I face demand for "pristine beaches" which, to me means seaweed, shells... and to them means cleansed sand and footprints all over.

How to get people's interest, get them to be informed, and then be involved is a long road. I recently gave some talks on local biodiversity to Year 9s and what grabbed their attention was when I asked them if they had seen those large blue wasps....

Michael Norris

PS a Rufous Whistler in a mixed insectivorous flock the other day was the first for 4 years: the longest gap between records since I've lived in Bayside. ===============================

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