The Biggest Twitch

To: "Dave Torr" <>, "Keith Weekes" <>
Subject: The Biggest Twitch
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 09:29:51 +1100
I would imagine some benefits will flow to a few people whose low
incomes are not supplemented by the usual tourists, as they'll need
guides and accomodation in some remote places.

And it depends what they do with the information and the experience they
gain.  If they record not much more than a tick in a field guide, then
not much is gained.  If they contribute to atlasses then it's a bit more
useful.  If they become experienced and knowledgeable, but never help a
beginner, then they've been less useful than if they did.

I wonder how their fuel consumption would compare to, say, a Dakar Rally

Peter Shute

 wrote on Wednesday, 2 January 2008
8:44 AM:

> I agree that they will have used a lot of fuel and are
> unlikely to add to our scientific knowledge - but then most
> human activities fall in this category. I know that 90%+ of
> my birding trips fall in this category (the exceptions being
> things like wader counts). Certainly in the case of Sean
> Dooley's record the same criticisms can be made - but many of
> us also got a great deal of enjoyment following his progress
> and reading the book. If as a result of their efforts they
> get some publicity and that makes some more people aware of
> birds - then maybe the effort will be worthwhile. Hard to
> tell until we see what the result.
> On 02/01/2008, Keith Weekes <> wrote:
>> Impressive isn't quite the word that I would use for it. If they
>> succeed in their attempt they will have achieved nothing more than
>> spent a lot of money and burnt a lot of fuel, while contributing
>> virtually nothing to the scientific body of knowledge, since most
>> birds will be from tip offs from someone else.

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