birding-aus Rarities and birds in decline

Subject: birding-aus Rarities and birds in decline
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 10:06:59 +1000

From: Martin  on 22/07/99 10:06 am

Subject:  Rarities and birds in decline

Another idea into the fray!

As a regular 'seeker of observations and records' from observers on the
list I support Peter Milburns comments and would like to add the following

Most people that respond to my requests for records of various woodland
bird species have provided me with invaluable opinions, data and advice
that I know are largely unpublished (and generally not likely to be
published).  This information exchange part of the list for species which
are not vagrants or rare visitors is I see the most valuable asset of

It is these observations on birds in decline and those showing some
evidence of decline that are adding to our understanding of bird status in
Australia.  It is fine to report those vagrants (which I find fascinating
reading as a land-lubber!) but to me, it's reports and peoples experience
of the 'other birds' that makes it important for birdos to keep making
postings to the list and recording their data down in 'little books' or
their pc's.

I encourage everyone to keep some sort of records of your own observations,
it has already helped to classify some species as threatened in Victoria.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 039 412 4567
Fax: 039 412 4586

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