Re: NANFA-- Size of NANFA

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 15 Sep 2001 19:44:09 -0400

>I've bird watched much more in my life than I've watched fish and I frankly
>prefer the fish world. On the East Coast, especially in New England, bird
>watchers are constantly combing every nook and cranny and its practically
>impossible to just go out and get the nature experience there as a bird
>watcher, its more of a social experience. Even in Minnesota they have to
>keep the locations of some rare birds breeding birds (Burrowing and Barn
>Owls) secret so that people don't go disturb them. A lot of bird watchers
>are listers and all they want to do in check off a bird on a particular
>and some won't let anything get in their way. They'll trespass and or play
>tapes during the nesting season in order to get another check for their
I at least agree with you, Mark, in your assessment of New England birders.
While living in Boston I went out on some trips with friends who are birders
(but not the obnoxious kind...). We repeatedly came across people in need of
a serious attitude adjustment. Sometimes I think about trying to write a
list of native fishes I've seen, but I can't bring myself to do it because
of the geeks I've met with their bird checklists.

Even so, I hope more people become (responsibly) interested in native

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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