This page provides a site map of the BirdLife Echuca District web pages.
people, birding may seem an unfathomable pastime.
Birding may conjure up images of someone feeding magpies
or looking through binoculars at birds in an urban park. Such images
of a bird observer may not be accurate.
Perhaps there are as many reasons
why people are interested in birding as there are birders.
wish to see bird species they have not observed before, even if this
means travelling to various parts of the country at short notice or
trudging through swamps.
Some birders enjoy roughing it, camping in
a tent in the remote outback, so that they can see the birds of that
Others travel about birding from early morn to dusk but, at
night, prefer the comforts of a motel.
Some go on a small fishing boat
in rough seas to observe seabirds (a pelagic) whilst others rarely travel
far from home.
Some attend birding outings and camps largely for social reasons; some prefer to bird alone.
Apart from conducting surveys, birders are often involved
in habitat restoration or protection work.
This sometimes puts birders
offside with those who wish to damage bird habitats, e.g. some housing estate developers.
If action is not taken to protect the habitats of
birds, bird watching will be more difficult and less enjoyable. That
is why more and more stress is being placed on 'conservation' and 'education'
and why the name of the parent organisation was changed from Bird
Observers Club to Bird Observation & Conservation Australia. The merger of BOCA with Birds Australia (to form BirdLife Australia) may further the cause of bird conservation, education and observation..
Birding helps one to better appreciate the natural environment
and the inter-relationship between plants and animals