Vernacular names

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Subject: Vernacular names
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 14:23:23 +1000
Hugo said " so, for example, a birder from Canada, a zoologist from South
Africa, a town planner from Tasmania and a conservation activist from
Kalgoorlie can talk to one another about birds and not be confused".

Surely this is the point I made.  This will only work IF all those involved
are birders.  What the town planner in Hobart or the conservationist in
Kalgoorlie know the birds as may cause, rather than prevent, confusion.  The
fact that " A lot of work was done to arrive at the present list of RENs in
C&B, including getting members of bird clubs to vote on many of them."
simply shows that the majority of people, non-birders, were ignored in the

Terry Pacey

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