Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

To: Simon Mustoe <>
Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
From: Ian May <>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:48:06 +1030
Its interesting how people can have such a different view on the same subject. I disagree with the amalgamation proposal. Traditionally the two organizations follow different policies offering separate attractions to their members . Does this mean now that BOCA supports cannon netting and wader leg flagging with all the hideous impacts caused to birds by this practice? Although once upon a time I was involved with field collecting and banding projects, I observed the evils of it and now, I would prefer to support an organization that pursues passive study methods. In the past BOCA stood apart from the other organization by always insisting on welfare of birds first and pursuing an agenda based on passive field study which earned my respect. Another major issue is the different financial commitments of each organization. Effective conservation land management is very expensive and BA appears to have over committed itself in land acquisition projects. While strategic land acquisition for nature conservation is a worthy practice, will BOCA members now have to pickup costs of running over stretched BA reserves? I think amalgamation with BA is a bad move, will do nothing for the conservation of birds but will leave a great space for a new organization to fill the niche.


Ian May
St Helens Tasmania

Simon Mustoe wrote:


I just want to say how utterly delighted I am to receive a letter proposing the possible integration of BA and BOCA in future. At a time when we should be focused entirely on conservation, it is unthinkable that our peak bird conservation groups should remain divided. I don't care how it is done...we need a national peak conservation group representing birds and the Australian landscape. How fitting that this effort should begin during the 2010 year of biodiversity. Good on you everyone at BA and BOCA involved in this. I completely endorse what you are trying to do and hope that your respective committee's can find the same common ground in the meeting rooms, as our bird life and Australia's birders do in the bush.

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