Bird Alert

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Subject: Bird Alert
From: Richard Baxter <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:34:09 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all,
             I know this has been around before but I believe what we need is a 
central phone number to call in all rare sightings.  An email address or forum 
is not good enough.  Many people still don't have email or subscribe to 
birding-aus.  In remote areas it may take days to reach an internet cafe.  
Everyone has a phone of some sort.  Its the easiest way.  ONE national number!
Many major sightings are by birders that have never even heard of birding-aus 
and do not know who to contact if they see something unusual. 
In the two local birdwatching clubs nearest to where I live, I reckon less than 
5% of members have ever looked at birding-aus and 80% have never heard of it!
The question is, how do you get this phone number to everybody. 
The easiest way is to get the authors of the major field guides to put the 
number PROMINENTLY in their field guides.  Every birder/birdwatcher in 
Australia has at least one of the major field guides.

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