Yes Denise there is a basis to your concerns but I think you are may be
overstating these issues, especially writing to this group. Yes some people
push limits a bit and it is reasonable that we keep up a modest level of
vigilance on ensuring these don't become problems. Your message also implies
some problem with the American Birding Association (how many people here
have heard of that) and I don't understand what point you are making with
that. Surely they are an improvement on the National Rifle Association that
has huge political power in the USA and might be the other recreational
group that such people may be interested to support.
> Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:43:24 +0930
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot captured and videoed
> Sorry Charles, I have to disagree with you on empathy. To lister for
example birding is a sport, competition, or “non-lethal” hunting, as Moore,
Scott and Moore (2008) have described it - you yourself have used the term
> David Sibley, famous US birder once said that a lot of the things that
“excite” birders "are bad for the birds.” Indeed birding as ‘sport’ appears
to have been a reason for the establishment of the American Birding
Association, and in my decades of birding I’ve seen nothing to convince me
that the situation in Australia is any different.
> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> 043 8650 835
> PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
> Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
> Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International Ecotourism Award,
> With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this
continent becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.
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