Birding Ethics

To: 'David Clark' <>, 'Maris Lauva' <>
Subject: Birding Ethics
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:40:39 +0000
OK, David is taking a more holistic  view and that's fine, however I don't
think this in any way diminishes the importance of what is being said about
human type interferences needing to be better controlled.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
David Clark
Sent: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 11:03 PM
To: Maris Lauva
Subject: Birding Ethics

I think Maris makes some very good points.

Of all the threats facing birdlife and other creatures, twitchers, bird
watchers, amateur ornithologists and commercial tour guides are probably of
least concern.  Campaigning against global warming, native vegetation
clearing, habitat loss, failure to control feral animals and introduced pest
species - particularly Gamba Grass, Buffel Grass, etc - would seem to be a
more important and more productive exercise.



On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM, Maris Lauva <>

> 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
> 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
> 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
> > From: 
> > To: 
> > 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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