Michelle Plant <>
David Stowe <>
Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:57:39 +1000
I'd like to second the motion that poorer countries in SE asia etc
would be perhaps a greater recipient of these binoculars.
Firstly - as has been mentioned, Australia on average is much more
able to afford them. (Yes John would be a great exception Tony).
Secondly after hearing the reports of massive reduction in wader
numbers and seeing what is happening in Korea etc it would be
fantastic to try to generate interest in birding in countries where
it seems environmental impact is huge. While we have our own problems
i think we are relatively lucky with environmental considerations in
industrial planning etc. I can't imagine the sea-wall in Korea ever
getting the go ahead in Australia for example.
Getting these countries more involved in birding/nature would be a
primary focus for me.
I know the logistics would be a bit harder but surely not
insurmountable - even for Birds Australia. I'm sure the wader studies
group would have contacts in the right places.
Anyway just my 2 cents.
On 15/04/2008, at 9:59 AM, Michelle Plant wrote:
Judith - Graeme Hamilton CEO from Birds Australia is looking in to
possibilities (repair opportunities) - will post / reply to you
when feedback through. He also thinks it is a great idea.
I would also recommend getting in touch with Allan - he is also
very passionate about getting young people involved and has a bit
of a network happening already. He might give you some ideas to
try in your neck of the woods. (I will check if I can pass on his
email to you.)
Maybe - it would be good to have some young people involved in co-
ordinating the effort / targetting to their needs and interests at
their age - not just us older mid/older generation. A youth Birds
Aus / Observers network.
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