It's probably not going to happen unless someone urges us on to do it. Is it my
imagination, or is that starting to happen more and more on this list recently?
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> brian fleming
> Sent: Wednesday, 5 December 2012 12:33 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Fwd: Re: Threatened species and the OBP
> I find myself in agreement with Andrew. The birding
> community is not political enough - and those that do take
> political action on behalf of nature conservation are getting
> We have quite a lot of very expert birders in this
> country. And most seem to spend their time rushing from one
> tick to another, and encouraging their kind to seek out
> rarities. I wonder about disturbance to breeding locations.
> Some are conscientious and send in lists to Eremaea, take
> part in surveys and plantings, and kindly tell the rest of us
> about good locations via Birding-aus. But surely more of
> this expertise could be harnessed for research, and more of
> our passion for birds and other wildlife could be used to
> publicise our cause and influence the general population and
> the politicians?
> In Victoria it is only too apparent that duck-shooters,
> loggers, property developers, and coal-miners have the
> government's ear. They have made their voting-power felt.
> Nature conservation is essential to just keep the place
> liveable, let alone attracting tourists, local and overseas.
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