BOCA launches BOCA Birding Maps

To: "Dave Torr" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: BOCA launches BOCA Birding Maps
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 12:43:12 +1000
I'm surprised there haven't been any comments about this yet.  Perhaps
everyone is hard at work trying it out?

- The speed is an issue, I'll have to try it at home where I have the
line to myself.  It makes it a little unresponsive so you don't know
that it hasn't finished updating at times, which might confuse a few
people.  I'm quite prepared to tolerate a sluggish site if it will give
me useful info, and this one certainly does.
- The link is on the left hand side, not the right hand side as
mentioned in Dave's email.
- Logins: it says some functions are only available to logged in BOCA
members, but I can't see anything different when I log in.
- Bird clubs: I never realised there were so many around Melbourne, and
had not much idea what was around outside it.  Could be very useful if
you're looking for a contact in an area you don't know.
- External links: slightly annoyed that I can't open these in a new
window and have to return to the main map each time.  It's also a bit
confusing to be led to another site where the information is suddenly of
a different style and sometimes hard to find, but to have a
comprehensive list of all these is amazing.  To have them laid out on a
map is incredible.
- Birding locations: Also amazing to have these presented on a map.  It
has always been frustrating to try to find out what's around an area you
might be visiting.  The data gets very sparse as you get further and
further from Dave's house, but that will surely change when Dave opens
the floodgates and invites submissions of location information.

I think this will be a very welcome source of information for birders,
and if lots of birders' knowledge of locations is entered, will end up
being bloody amazing.

Now Dave, can you please flag which of those birding locations also have
children's playgrounds?

Peter Shute

 wrote on Friday, 8 August 2008 6:41

> The following press release is being issued today to various
> organisations and a similar article will appear in this
> month's Bird Observer:
> *******************************
> Bird Observation and Conservation Australia (BOCA)  is
> pleased to announce the launch of BOCA Birding Maps on our
> website ( BOCA Birding Maps is an
> interactive map that provides consolidated information on
> bird watching locations and birding organisations throughout
> Australia. Interactive tools enable the user to zoom in on
> sections of the map and to search for specific types of
> information (i.e., birding locations, BOCA Branches,
> Affiliates and other birding organisations). Selecting a
> location on the map - whether it is a birding destination or
> a BOCA Branch - will reveal details for that location. In
> addition, a user friendly Help function is provided to assist
> with easy navigation around the system.
> Dave Torr, BOCA's Marketing Manager, said "Our aim is to make
> these maps a key resource for both local and international
> birders. Many visitors to Australia - or indeed Australian
> birders visiting other parts of the country - do not know the
> best places for bird watching or the locations of birding
> clubs that they might contact for further information. We
> have consolidated information that is scattered throughout
> the web on one site and placed the information on a map.
> Whether you are planning a trip or looking for additional
> information on places to bird, BOCA Birding Maps is the
> one-stop shopping website for the information you need."
> BOCA Birding Maps is only the first part of what will be a
> major upgrade to our website with the aim of becoming the
> premier website in Australia for local and visiting birders.
> The list of birding locations will be expanded by
> contributions from birders across the country as the site
> develops. Further enhancements will be announced in the coming months.
> <#11b9cf3b54b267ae_11b9bbef4890cbd8_11b9b77bcdd2e93d_11b9b6a89
> 0e06daf_11b966ba321fd809_11b95e66720b99bf_11b9517b107eec8a_11b
> 94c11936bdc91_11b8fa43eef45323_11b8c1471e30999b_11b8b8e9134d22
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> 79cf2ff2_11b727873cac5e32_11b70c4e323e277f_11b61f7ddaff6076_11
> b0a907d8fd7dc9__msocom_1>The new BOCA Birding Maps may be accessed
> from the main BOCA webpage ( by selecting "BOCA
> Birding Maps" from the "Come Birding" menu on the right hand side of
> the screen or
> by the URL
> Contact<#11b9cf3b54b267ae_11b9bbef4890cbd8_11b9b77bcdd2e93d_11
> b9b6a890e06daf_11b966ba321fd809_11b95e66720b99bf_11b9517b107ee
> c8a_11b94c11936bdc91_11b8fa43eef45323_11b8c1471e30999b_11b8b8e
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> 1b774a379cf2ff2_11b727873cac5e32_11b70c4e323e277f_11b61f7ddaff
> 6076_11b0a907d8fd7dc9__msocom_2>:
> Dave Torr  
> Bird Observation and Conservation Australia (BOCA) is a
> leading environmental organisation and has been helping
> conserve the birdlife and habitat of Australia for more than
> a century. With a network of 40 branches and affiliates in
> the eastern states, our members are actively involved in bird
> surveys, education and practical conservation work.
>  ------------------------------
> *******************************************
> So what does this mean - basically a single map of Aus on
> which we hope to place as much birding information as
> possible. We already show more than 50 birding clubs (if you
> are an official of a birding club that is not on the map and
> want to be please contact me - if you are an official of a
> club that is on the map and want your entry edited or removed
> then also please contact me). We have nearly 400 links to
> external brochures and guides (and again let me know if you
> want to add, edit or remove a link) and we have a number of
> actual locations to go birding, mainly in the Melbourne area.
> There are quite a few to add to this list as soon as we
> receive permission from the owners of the data, and we hope
> that the list of places to go birding can be expanded in the
> coming months but please do not tell me about such places just yet!
> The information on the map has been gathered from a wide
> range of sources - bird clubs, councils, tourist boards and
> private individuals - and we are grateful for all the support
> and help we have received from them.
> Feedback is of course welcomed - public or private!
> You will need a reasonably modern web browser with Javascript
> enabled. There is a lot of data to send to your PC,
> especially the first time you connect, so a broadband link is
>   recommended. --
> *Dave Torr*
> *Honorary Marketing Manager*
> *Bird Observation & Conservation Australia*
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