Number of birdwatchers in Australia

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Subject: Number of birdwatchers in Australia
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 21:11:05 +1000
The observation that the "top" birders on Tony Palliser's web page are expatriate poms, may be a reflection of a stronger tendency to twitch and keep lists amongst the British community.

If you want to change children's perceptions, then perhaps we need to have more birders who speak strine fronting the media ;)

Nice to see Les Christidis on Catalyst this evening.

Regards, Laurie.

On Thursday, March 1, 2007, at 04:23  PM, Allan & Hazel Wright wrote:

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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