It seems to me that scarlet-chested parrots and princess parakeets would be
very low on poachers' lists as both species are widely bred and sold cheaply in
aviculture. Just my 2 penny's worth!
> Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:14:39 +0930
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Re: Secrecy of locations
> Ian et al - I didn't raise this as a topic for discussion - it was a
> request. I don't care who agrees or disagrees. FYI it was the same
> NP&WS you mention that closed off an entire conservation park a few
> years ago because a SCP sighting was made public.
> On 6/10/10, Ian May <> wrote:
> > Hi all
> > Sorry to have to disagree with Peter on this topic. Occasionally this
> > thread is raised and previously I have resisted comment however there is
> > another perspective to this discussion.
> > It has been my experience that people with untoward intentions toward
> > our wildlife often have more information about their targets than we
> > concerned people do. Unless an occurrence is a one off where absolute
> > secrecy can be assured, the outcome from selective secrecy is more
> > likely to be negative to the good intention of protection because
> > secrecy provides a protected environment for poaching to flourish.
> > Contrary to the regularly held belief that secrecy helps protect our
> > rarer birds, the best deterrent to poachers is public knowledge of
> > locations. The knowledge generates interest from responsible people who
> > have concern and interest about the welfare of the subject. An
> > effective deterrent is provided from random visits by people with
> > legitimate interest combined with follow up from authorities if a
> > suspicious person is observed and reported.
> > An example is Grey Falcon breeding near Strzelecki Xing. For many
> > years selective secrecy failed to help protect the birds. Sighting
> > locations for Grey Falcon in the Far North of SA were kept quiet and
> > every year most known nesting attempts failed. Reports from Cooper
> > Basin oil workers and pastoralists about persons with roof top ladders
> > were occasionally rumoured but frustratingly never anything much was
> > reported that could be followed up. Often unidentified vehicle tracks
> > could be found leading from the nest tree and it seemed that poachers
> > alway knew the location of Grey Falcon nests before anyone else. In
> > this case it was clear that intended secrecy was working against the
> > welfare of the birds so a decision was made to reveal general locations
> > where Grey Falcon could likely be observed and almost immediately we
> > (SANPWS Far North) began to receive a useful flow of monitored
> > information. And for years after that, these Grey Falcons bred
> > successfully.
> > There are exceptions but generally, selective secrecy puts our rarest
> > wildlife of interest at risk. Importantly however, if suspicious
> > individuals are observed a thorough description with all relevant ID
> > details should be reported to NPWS ASAP.
> > For what it is worth
> > Regards
> > Ian May
> > St Helens, Tasmania
> > Peter Waanders wrote:
> >>Could people who might want to assist John please refrain from posting
> >>specific locations for Scarlet-chested Parrot on birding-aus but rather
> >> send
> >>it to him directly. According to inside information from SA NP&W there
> >>appears to be a real risk of poaching. Whether this is justified or not,
> >>it's probably better to be safe than sorry.
> >>Peter Waanders
> >>Southern Birding Services
> >>PO Box 420
> >>Waikerie, 5330 South Australia
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> >>sat.: 0424 212889
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