Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo

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Subject: Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:59:33 +1100
David Geering has asked me to post the following response to this thread as he is not currently on Birding-Aus:

I see no issues with posting the coordinates of species such as this. The NSW Dept of Environment, Climate Change & Water has a policy that coordinates for certain sensitive species are not to be released. These include species of high biological significance, for which no records will be provided at all; species considered to be at serious risk from threats such as disturbance or exploitation; species considered to be at medium to high risk of threats such as disturbance or exploitation.

Surely, people knowing the whereabouts of a snipe or Brolga are hardly going to open the floodgates on illegal collecting. Does anyone know of any such illegal activities? Perhaps they should raise these concerns with their state wildlife agency.

What I think is a more serious issue is birdwatchers NOT reporting threatened species to their relevant state wildlife agencies. I repeatedly do searches of the DECCW Wildlife Atlas for areas where major developments are proposed to find that there are few records of threatened species that can be used to guide the department's response to development. By reporting these threatened species birdwatchers would actively be doing something positive for bird conservation.

David Geering
Threatened Species Officer
Biodiversity Conservation Unit, North-west Branch
Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830

At 4:38 PM +1100 2/11/09, Keith Brandwood wrote:
Why are we still giving out coordinates for endangered species such as the Painted Snipe or any other endangered species on this forum. Please lets stop this practice from today.All that is required is to ask them to contact you if they want to see the species, then after vetting them you can decide on whether you want to tell them. Collecting rare wildlife can assure you is still alive and kicking.

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