Birding Aus <>
Alan McBride <>
Wed, 9 Apr 2008 17:56:43 +1000
Regarding old binoculars: I received this from Brian Sykes of OBC
that maybe of interest to those of you with old, working binoculars.
Maybe it's a Birds Australia thing to set up? Alternatively I am
happy to put anyone who wants to send bins to the Oriental Bird Club
through to Brian.
The benefit of using OBC or similar is that they promote birding,
conservation and other more social aspects to peoples who would never
be able to afford them. Australian children could perhaps be
considered more fortunate than some overseas.
Additionally the note earlier today about Asian waterbirds is of
interest in supporting local communities.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: 9 April 2008 5:37:05 PM
To: 'Alan McBride' <>
Subject: RE: Binoculars
Good to hear from you.
Yes 2nd hand bins can be put to good use in many places. The big
problem is getting them where they are needed.
Whenever possible we hand carry them for a lot of obvious reasons.
E.g. I am taking some out to Thailand next month and some are being
carried to Cambodia by another guy going there shortly.
The RSPB is the big repository in UK and it is well known amongst
Brits that is the place to send old bins for them to be put to good
use somewhere in the world.
If there is a big interest in this, I suggest the first step is to
agree an organization or individual who would act in the same way in
I guess there are quite a number of worthy recipients on your own
doorsteps too – Lesser Sundas, Papua etc and if we (OBC) knew there
was a cache in Australia, if we had a need in that area we would know
who to ask for help.
Hope this helps.
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