RFI bird list software

To: "Crispin Marsh" <>
Subject: RFI bird list software
From: "Neville Pamment" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 16:26:39 +1100
I use BirdBase from Santa Barbara Software Products and have found it very good, especially in conjunction with their accompanying program BirdArea. I bought the software many years ago when nothing else was available, so have no direct experience of its competitors. Over the years I have entered nearly 40,000 records. The back-up service is excellent.
Some minor adjustments to the species list (which follows
Clements) are needed to make it accord with the current Australian taxonomy. The program allows this to be done easily.     
There are various comparative reviews of US-produced software on the web (e.g. AviSys, Birder's Diary). There are also some good-sounding Australian products that I have not tried. While some US reviewers have tended to go for AviSys,  the comments on the BirdBase home page are worth reading, especially the point made about the comparative convenience of BirdBase if (like me) you record sightings in the form of "trips".
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