Frank O'Connor <>
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:19:02 +0800
John Leonard asked about software for recording your life list using
IOC taxonomy with updates.
I use Wildlife Recorder. Not quite as simple as you wish for, but it
does the job very well. Ideally it wants you to be specific about
date and place of your sightings, but what you record is up to
you. I record everything I see so that I get a year list, but you
can simply record lifers if you wish. The records that I don't have
specific details for I have entered as 01/01/2000. It updates about
a month after the IOC has issued an update (4 times a year). It
gives a list of the changes, and you run a verification task and it
lists any records that might need to be altered (most splits it does
automatically if you enter at sub species level). The checks are
mostly when a sub species is deleted. It has options for Clements
and Howard & Moore.
It has a few quirks, but it does everything I need it to, except that
it includes Ashmore Reef as part of Western Australia, but I have
worked around this.
I have defined a few new status codes such as Glimpse (Better View
Desired), Introduced (I exclude these from my world and year lists),
Another Person (for birds seen by others on tours I have been on),
etc. You can make a code for Photographed, or Voice Recorded or
whatever you would like. I have met people on tours who keep a 'shit
list' of those birds they have seen defecate! You could keep a
Banded list if you wanted.
I can easily print a checklist for any country (or state) I go to,
and it marks those that I have already seen.
I have the Professional edition, as I wanted to create a database for
Australian butterflies, frogs and reptiles.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :
<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:
The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering
takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely
a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way.
If you wish to get material removed from the archive or
have other queries about the archive e-mail
Andrew Taylor at this address: