Let's not forget who found the Night Parrot

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Subject: Let's not forget who found the Night Parrot
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:45:23 +0000
Oh brilliant stuff Alistair!   Yes, John deserves some official recognition for 
his years of work, not just by the birding community, but by the community at 
large and at government and academic levels. He seems to be held in higher 
regard on an international basis than he is here.

I am sure we are all aware of the academic practice of latching on to some 
initial idea or discovery and then running with it long enough to get a bit 
more information to publish , get some acclaim, and have the initial work lost 
to obscurity because the initial work wasn't published.  Totally unfair, but 
it's how academia works, publish or be forgotten, dog eat dog.

It's a pity that our politicians aren't particularly interested in anything 
that doesn't
 earn votes but surely John's work should be officially documented at national 
level. How can this be put into place?

Tony Russell, Adelaide.

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Sent: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 9:33 AM
Subject: Let's not forget who found the Night Parrot

With discussion of the capture, release and tracking of the Night Parrot, by Dr 
Steve Murphy ‘the world’s foremost expert on the night parrot’, we seem to have 
forgotten the person that made all this possible.
I attended one of John Young’s talks last year and was captivated by his story 
of 17000 hours searching for the parrot. I was left with the indelible 
impression it was his single-minded perseverance, that he stuck with this 
raison d'être. The rest is history; John found the current population.
I only wish Steve well with the current ecological study – a study which I 
understand John has been excluded. The birding community, however, should not 
allow John to become a footnote to this story. Since John’s exclusion, the 
herculean value of his effort is highlighted by the premise (again my 
understanding) that no new populations of the parrot have been found.
I believe that John’s story of finding a parrot, thought to be extinct, is the 
story. The rest is necessary icing on the cake.

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