Should one 'name and shame' given the seriousness of the the episode?
On 16/12/2010, at 2:43 PM, Andrew Stafford wrote:
> Tim and all,
> There is one other extremely important matter that has come out of the
> Princess Parrot situation that urgently needs to be addressed. It has come up
> on birding-aus on many occasions before: the divulging of nesting locations
> of rare birds.
> On my visit to the site on 3 December I was shown 4WD tracks that led off
> road (really, off-track) straight to an advertised GPS location for the birds
> - in fact, straight to a nest tree. Those tracks were made by a person who
> has inquired about Princess Parrots on this site before.
> I am glad to say this person was "sprung" and his vehicle photographed by
> someone from the NT's Natural Resources and Environment Dept, who was
> studying the birds. I have seen these photographs and on his vehicle was a
> large ladder. Although he says he is a photographer himself, the implications
> and dangers should be clear to all (quite apart from the extraordinary
> environmental and cultural insensitivity involved). The fact that Princess
> Parrots are common aviary birds doesn't mean that poachers won't attempt to
> capture eggs/specimens of wild birds in an event such as this.
> One other matter. Buffel grass is an environmental menace in northern
> Australia. It is a weed spread via soil, and is common around Alice Springs.
> Since almost everybody who went to see the birds would have come through
> Alice the potential for birders being a vector for the spread of the grass
> (which is otherwise uncommon in the area where the parrots were breeding) is
> a legitimate concern. Our vehicle was not checked for this before our entry
> to the area - it's something I became aware of after the fact - and it's
> something I hope the CLC will endeavour to guard against in any future trips.
> I think it's fair to say, though, that there is a better chance of
> infestations being controlled if they know who is heading out there!
> Andrew Stafford==============================
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