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.
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
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