New Book: Garden Birds in Canberra

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Subject: New Book: Garden Birds in Canberra
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 17:00:54 +1000
Hi All,
I have often written on this line about the Garden Bird Survey (GBS) that has been running in Canberra continuously since July 1981. It is nice to say (and I'm surprised nobody else has done so on birding-aus, yet) that on 14 July the book: "Birds of Canberra Gardens" will be launched. This is built around the results of this survey and contains summaries of many of the species, based on monitoring over a 17 year period, from 1101 observer years of data. The text is somewhat derived from the analysis work I did on that quite immense database. It describes monthly abundances of the bird species and long term aspects. It is based on real data, rather than just impressions. It chronicles many major changes in our bird fauna over those 17 years. It will be fully illustrated by a whole heap of original, pretty nice pictures. Copies will be available from Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG).
As well as that, there will somewhat soonish thereafter, be a release of my report on the COG Garden Bird Survey. This will have many similarities to but also differ from the book. It is intended for a more bird-savvy audience. It describes the survey history and methods in detail and explains the issues of understanding the results. It will include notes on all the species where there is something useful to say, that being far more species than in the book, which I believe is based on just the (about) 100 most often recorded species. It won't have all the colour pictures. It will in most cases include more information on the details of bird abundances and distribution and will be based on 18, rather than 17 years of continuous data. It discusses the aspects of understanding bird abundances and recording rates and looks at the data as a whole, describing rates at which species are recorded or found breeding etc.
I think the book is likely to be of great interest to many of you and just be a nice thing to have. The second production (my report) is an important addition to the first but, beyond that, should be of major value to anyone, anywhere with an interest in long term bird surveys and understanding the patterns of change and constancies that they reveal. There originally was no intention to issue these as separate documents. That has come out of a complex history during which it was decided that a book with colour pictures would be the best way of presenting a simplified view of the data to a broad audience yet the more detailed interpretation (that I was especially keen on) was so important it needs to come out but this is best achieved by doing it in a different form. 
By the way, all this is entirely my opinion. Justified as I am the one who basically did the compilation and analysis of the GBS results and was most closely associated with the genesis of the project to write up of the GBS results. Many other people (mostly COG members) also did a lot of work on the book to be released next week.
Philip Veerman (Phone 02-62314041)
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
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