Waders or Shorebirds

To: Stephen Ambrose <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Waders or Shorebirds
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:48:47 +0930
It's not only the term 'wader' that confuses people.  American birders I've
been studying say they often use the term 'birdwatcher' when with folk who
might not understand the term.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71, NT 0841
043 8650 835

On 21/6/13 11:52 AM, "Stephen Ambrose" <> wrote:

> I've also found that members of the public are confused by the term "wader".
> I've not experienced anything as bizarre as being called a member of a
> "Waiters' Study Group" but I encountered organisers of a motor car racing
> event a few years ago who thought that a "wader survey" was a survey of
> people walking or bathing in shallow water. They didn't understand why I was
> interested in studying peoples' public bathing habits!  After that incident
> I started using the term "shorebird", because at least it contains the term
> "bird" within it.
> Regards,
> Stephen
> Stephen Ambrose
> Ryde NSW
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>  On Behalf Of Jill Dening
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> To: Ian May
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Waders or Shorebirds
> Chris,
> Many years ago I made a conscious decision to adopt the term, "shorebirds".
> To me then they were "waders", but I made myself change.
> Focussed as I am/was on shorebird education, I stand before audiences who
> are not shorebird people. They are local government officers, developers and
> the general public. The term "waders" caused confusion, and often needed
> explanation, whereas "shorebirds" was immediately understood. And as I was
> in the business of communicating, I adopted the term most easily understood
> by my audiences. I didn't care, as long as I could gain their attention, and
> not confuse them.
> The day I was introduced to an audience as a member of the "Queensland
> Waiters' Study Group", I knew there was a problem with the word "waders". I
> had mentioned the group over the phone, and that was how it was interpreted,
> and that's what I became.
> Cheers,
> Jill
> Jill Dening
> Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
> 26° 51' 41"S 152° 56' 00"E
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