Discussion: Local versus central birding info

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Subject: Discussion: Local versus central birding info
From: Bas Hensen <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:24:42 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Colin and others

I beg to differ with Colin: local info sites are very useful, but a central 
site/register, in which these sites are listed would be a good idea.  A free 
and open Yahoogroups site like ntbirds is certainly not semi-private, even 
though it was started by a single individual, in this case Niven McCrie.  If 
anything it is more open than the Eremaea birdlines ( NSW , NT etc.), or lists, 
because the senders email address is shown, and requests for further 
information can be sent either directly, bypassing the site, or via the notice 
board so that every subscriber sees it.  If you do not want to clutter up your 
inbox with birding info from several sites, on top of personal email, the easy 
answer is to open a free Yahoo, or other account, and direct only the selected 
info line, say ntbirds , to it. 

As a regular NT visitor I have 1880 unread messages in my mail box, of a total 
of almost 5000, accumulated since 2004 (Yahoo must have plenty of storage 
capacity).  While in Sydney I do not check my inbox too often, hence the unread 
mail.  It is  possible to search one's accumulated mails, so the inbox is an 
accessible archive of all messages since subscription, and becomes a mine of 

Cheers   Bas Hensen

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