NSW 2006 Twitchathon

To: "alan morris" <>
Subject: NSW 2006 Twitchathon
From: "Peter Ekert" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 11:09:48 +1000

why does one have to financially commit to a twitchathon to express an opinion 
on it?  I would have thought that those that don't participate would be in a 
good position to provide comment as they are somewhat independent of it.  

you took my line "..a bit of a yawn really..." a bit out of context. The 
concept is a yawn. The bragging rights at the end of it are a yawn and there 
seems to be more of a focus by some groups on who saw the most birds and who 
are the champions rather than how much money was raised.

Being a member of ABSA is likely to be a form of a donation. 

How much did Shell, Caltex, Mobil, BP and other independent service stations 
make from the twitchathon?


Peter A. Ekert
Senior Threatened Species Officer
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)

Ph.  (02) 49384950  Fx.  (02) 49301013 

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Private Bag 2010

>>> "alan morris" <> 12/04/2007 10:32 am >>>

Hi Birders,
I have read with interest all that people have had to say about the 
Twitchathons but I do note that many of those commenting don't contribute in 
any financial way to the appeal.

However under seperate cover I have given you a full report of the NSW 2006 
Twitchathon including all prize winners, together  with the list of the 
amount of money raised by each team. The 2006 Twitchathon raised $16500 for 
the Australian Bird Study Association's Reserach Fund. The interest from 
which is used to give grants to University Students who are studying 
Australian Birds. Those people who find Twitchathons "..a bit of a yawn 
really..." can send their donation direct to the ABSA!

Alan Morris
NSW Twitchathon Co-ordinator 


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