Me too Plus! On reporting observations

To: "'Anthony Overs'" <>, "'canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: Me too Plus! On reporting observations
From: "Paul Fennell" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:06:52 +1000

I would strongly urge people to record all their observations on the online data entry system.  The systematic recording of all bird observation data, particularly those of species of interest (and with fluctuating bird populations ALL species are of interest), is of utmost importance. While the resulting data set will have omissions and imperfections, it is the ONLY data set we have.


There are many questions that arise now and in the future that can only benefit from the analysis of a reasonably comprehensive data set.


So please record your observations, whether you chat about them or not.


I am more than pleased to assist anyone with getting familiar with the system.






Paul Fennell

COG Database manager

6254 1804



From: Anthony Overs [
Sent: Friday, 10 July 2009 12:21 PM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] On reporting observations


I would like to second the sentiments below from Matthew's email.

Recently, a couple of people told me that they are reluctant to report their observations on the chatline through fear of being ridiculed, patronised or even abused.

I would encourage everyone to report anything that they would like to share, regardless of how common or uncommon the bird/behaviour is. If you think it's interesting, then share it! If you've got a question, then ask!!

Of course, I'd also encourage people to consider writing up their more interesting observations for inclusion in Canberra Bird Notes.


2009/7/10 <>

Finally, I put forward the sentiment that encouraging posting of observations is more valuable to the group than the opposite, which could result in missing out on knowing what is being seen, especially if it is an influx - and a reminder that all such observations are ideally followed-up with the completion of an official COG observation record for the database.


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