[Fwd: Re: [Birding-Aus] Feathers and specimens]

Subject: [Fwd: Re: [Birding-Aus] Feathers and specimens]
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:05:31 +0800 (WST)
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Subject: Feathers and specimens
Date:    Fri, February 13, 2009 08:04
To:      "Syd Curtis" <>

    Over the years I have found many dead bird and reptile specimens.  All have 
forwarded to Museum Victoria, or to other collections held for educational 
eg BOCA, Parks Victoria, or Latrobe University Wildlife Reserve, for eventual
taxidermy or skeleton preparation.

   The last one was a Short-tailed Shearwater picked up in Ivanhoe (Melbourne) 
- this
was during a major wreck of Shearwaters.  I offered it to the Museum, but they 
more than they knew what to do with, so after a week or so in the freezer it 
went to

   However I was repeatedly telephoned by people from Dept. of Environment 
telling me
that I was not allowed to retain any specimen without a permit, and that I was 
entitled to have a permit. Being a long-term birdwatcher was no reason for a 
permit -
I could only have one if I was doing scientific research for a higher degree.
Apparently even collecting the specimen from the gutter was illegal, I should 
left it there.

   Surely it is better to forward a specimen to Museums or other suitable 
than  do nothing with it? What if those two Night Parrot specimens had been 
left on
the fence or beside the track?

Anthea Fleming


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