RE: Atlassing

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: RE: Atlassing
From: "Nicci Thompson" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 14:42:05 +1000
David, I don't know about the NSW Parks people but many of the Qld Parks
folks in southern inland Queensland registered as atlassers back in 1998.
They all have excellent intentions but the demands of their jobs preclude
the time it takes to fill in even more forms. Each time I speak to them for
reasons other than the atlas they assure me they will be doing the forms one
day even though I do not mention the subject  - one more 'guilt' load for
over-stretched rangers. At the same time they have been very supportive of
the atlas and always take the time to talk through queries that fall within
their areas of expertise and experience.

Nicci Thompson
RO Southern Inland Queensland
Second Atlas of Australian Birds
Birds Australia

Ph: 07 4634 3074  Mobile: 0412 763 707

-----Original Message-----
From: David Geering <>
To: Birding-aus (E-mail) <>
Date: Monday, 4 December 2000 8:30
Subject: RE: Atlassing

>Roy Sonnenburg lamented that there are birders out there not participating
>in the Atlas.  I have spoken to several birders about this and the reasons
>why they don't participate is as varied as the people I question.
>What I find interesting is the number of agency people, NSW NPWS instance,
>that do not summit records to the Atlas.  Some do, I know, but I am aware
>many that don't.  I am surprised that the good folk at Birds Australia have
>not made a concerted effort to enlist these people (I am making the
>assumption that they haven't).  Out here in the NSW Western Directorate
>staff are getting out to areas where record sheets would be most valuable.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: sonnenburg [SMTP:
>> Sent: Monday, 4 December 2000 8:36
>> To: Birding-aus
>> Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Atlassing
>> There are quite a few out there who are very experienced field observers,
>> who spend time in the field and also record their sightings.  This is
>> where it ends!!  No atlas forms!!  This is really quite tragic for the
>> Atlas as this data may never end up where it should and it could be quite
>> vital in respect of  the conservation of certain species of our native
>> birds.
>> I know many people are out there religiously filling out forms and as a
>> regional co-ordinator I am often snowed under.  Keep up the great work!
>> ask those who are not completing atlas forms to please reconsider; the
>> atlas needs your observations and expertise.  So do the birds!!
>> Roy Sonnenburg
>> Q'ld Atlas Facilitator
>> 07 32566952
>> If you need Atlas info in Queensland please contact me, or elsewhere
>> contact Birds Australia.
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