Really? Taxonomy is the starting point of the issue. Without
taxonomy there would not be any names as we understand them. Taxonomy is the
science or the set of protocols that influences names. Often it adds a lot of
fun or intrigue and relevant understanding. My view is that some of these
changes are important when identifying significantly different populations,
whereas some just maybe are actually trivial. Bill, if you mean you are annoyed
by changes in lists, possible confusion and the subsequent expenditure on revised
books, especially in those trivial cases, due to new understandings of
taxonomy, well I reckon that is a quite defensible personal comment.
Don’t ask me to list what are trivial cases………….
[ On Behalf Of Bill Stent
Sent: Sunday, 11 August, 2019 8:30 AM
To: Casimir Liber
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] 2019 eBird Taxonomy Update
Personally, speaking as someone whose job it is to enthuse
people in a hobby (in this case my other love, astronomy), I think there are
few more efficient ways of sucking the enjoyment out of birding than taxonomy.
You know that bird you celebrated ticking off last year?
Doesn’t count any more, it got lumped. Sure, the trip and the hunt and the
observation were still great, but it’s one fewer enjoyable aspect of birding.