birding-aus Reporting: Real and Virtual

Subject: birding-aus Reporting: Real and Virtual
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 13:23:00 +1000 (EST)
Hi all

Thanks to Peter Menkhorst for a balanced scientific view (sorry - that's a
tautology) of this interesting thread.

I fully endorse his comments about the birding-aus archive.  This mailing
list was set up as a COMMUNICATION tool, and I think it works quite well
as that.  The archive is only an extension of this.  While it may well be
a useful repository of bird records for a long time, I would endorse
Peter's remarks that the recognised peer-reviewed journals are the place
for important records, and those which carry the most weight with
statutory bodies.

Of course, that doesn't mean that we have to write up all our unusual
sightings to that level of scholarship.  I would think that anything
accepted by a regional rarities committee would find its way into the
appropriate regional report.  Please let me (and the rest of birding-aus)
know if I'm wrong about this.

I think that the discussion we have had so far underlines the importance
of submitting our normal everyday records to our local recorder so that
the pattern of what IS normal and everyday can be ascertained.

Russell Woodford

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