Birding Ethics

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Subject: Birding Ethics
From: Maris Lauva <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 04:31:17 +0000
This is becoming like the eternal squabble Cyclists/Pedestrians/Motorists. 
Finger pointing, criticism and accusations. Let's forget all that. Most of us 
with an interest in birds, whatever the focus we have, want to do the right 
thing by our feathery friends. There's bad apples in every group so just forget 
them and let's support each other, not create a divide. Personally, I'm a 
photographer and I keep lists. I'm also deeply involved in a Volunteer run 
conservation project (Great Western Woodlands, )which could not exist 
without the birders and twitchers who are undertaking the literally hundredds 
of targeted surveys for us twice a year. We all think we're ethical, let's give 
credit to each other for being the same.

ADVERTISING MATERIAL: Volunteers who can undertake Atlas Surveys are always 
very welcome to the project. Any of you Eastern Staters driving to WA from SA 
pass through the middle of the Great Western Woodlands (GWW). Turn your boring 
slog along the highway into citizen science by doing some Atlas surveys along 
the way. To find out more 

Maris Lauva

Surveys coordinator

> Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:25:26 +1000
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot captured and videoed
> 100% agree Kev.
> On 12/08/2015 11:19 AM, Kev Lobotomi wrote:
> > Hi Denise
> > It's unfortunate that you persist with this continued bashing of bird 
> > watchers (who are to the most part to a lesser & greater degree listers). 
> > We do a lot more good than bad. There are bad eggs that spoil it for 
> > everyone else. But the conservation push would be no where near as great if 
> > birders weren't involved. Many more birds & other animals would have become 
> > extinct. It's only through interest & education that we have things like 
> > national parks & reserves & the protection of birds. Bird watchers are 
> > amongst the most intelligent people I have met & they for the most part 
> > love the science of the whole thing also & are quite happy to partake in 
> > surveys & give any knowledge they have so that birds can be protected. 
> > There are photographers who do the wrong thing, & sometimes twitchers too, 
> > but these incidences are small compared to amount of good we do. I would 
> > contend with the advent of digital photography it has now reduced the need 
> > for collecting birds, because the quality of the photographs are so good 
> > that you can see just about everything you need to see externally on a 
> > bird. Digital photography is an incredible tool that we can use for good, 
> > because the more we know about the bird, the more we can do to help protect 
> > it.
> >
> >
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