FW: [canberrabirds] citizen scientists

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] citizen scientists
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 10:07:23 +0000

I believe not. The point that I made, though that might be received after your message is that Citizen Science involves many people working together, on a particular project, not the observations of one. There is no shortage of history of the observations of one.




From: John Harris [ Sent: Sunday, 24 February, 2019 5:22 PM        To: chatline            Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] citizen scientists


Citizen Science?

Regarding King Solomon, about 1,000 BCE

“And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the weed that groweth in the crevice in the wall. He spake also of beasts and of fowl and of creeping things and of fishes.” (1 Kings 4:33)

Does a king qualify as a citizen?



From: ""      Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019 at 2:49 pm  To: Sue Beatty <>
Cc: "" <>, Geoffrey Dabb <>, chatline <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Some good news for Eastern Curlews?


I hope the rest of the article is more correct than this "Professor Justin Marshall, the chief investigator at Coral Watch, said birdwatching was the oldest form of citizen science, originating in the United States."  


By way of example 

  • The Natural History of Selborne is a book by English naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White. It was first published in 1789.
  • John James Audubon (born Jean Rabin; April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851). so unless Audubon was shotting at the age of 4 he was well behind Gilbert White

Perhaps he is on about the Christmas Bird  Count which started in 1900?  Nice try no cigar: the RSPB was founded in 1889!  


Googling the Professor's name he seems to be, surprisingly in view of that statement, of British birth arther than from the US.



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