RV: Expedition Birding

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Subject: RV: Expedition Birding
From: "Gunnar Engblom" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 00:38:46 -0500
Hi people (sorry for cross-posting)

Why are not some birds worth more in the life list than others? Should
not the rare ones give some sort of bonus score? Expedition Birding is a
score system based on BirdLife International criteria to rank the birds
by their threat status and need of conservation attention. See
for more detailed explanation what this is all about. 

Now you can find the list on-line ready to use. You may have heard of
this project before. Well now it is even more FUN! Start collecting your
points today on by
oploading your observations of threatened, restricted range and little
known species. Help us complete distribution data of the threatened
birds. Also suggest to me privately any un-described or soon to be
described species you know of that ought to be included in the
expedition birding list. Remember, this is just a game - but
birdwatching and listing with a higher purpose of giving protection to
some of the most threatened species through sustainable projects by
visiting them all around the world. Decide where to go on your next trip
abroad by looking where you can collect more points. 

The expedition birding list is temporarily housed on
but eventually it will have its own web-site.
Hopefully, this way of listing will be adopted by more birders in the
future. Users will hopefully get together to organize trips to remote
areas and set up possible guidelines for future visits. It will often be
a good idea to use the services of a local entrepreneur or Birdwatching
company. Many local companies would be in fact be interested in setting
up new trips to new areas, why certainly it will be a very good idea for
the birders using this service. The local Birdwatching companies can
also be proactive offering pioneering trips into the unknown areas where
many points can be collected. which can make consistency in applying to
guidelines set up for visits. For guides and bird tour companies the
Expedition Birding concept can be used as means of arranging trips to
little known areas and threatened species. Anyone is welcome to use the
yahoo-list "expeditionbirding" to announce special trips taking into
account the Expedition Birding idea. To subscribe to the Expedition
Birding email list send an empty mail to 

The instructions to use the web-page is the below. Hope to see you as
user in the near future. If you can include as detailed range data for
birds in your regions this will be appreciated.


Gunnar Engblom

Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru. 
Kolibri Expeditions   
Birding Peru e-group:    
Trip reports, recent sightings, travel tips, travel partners, range
extensions, identification help, 
Tel: +51 1 4765016 cel; 51-1-9643 77 49

How to use this page
(print for future reference) 

The below is the step by step instructions. 
1.      You need to register with your name, country and a working
e-mail by clicking on "sign-up" on (Note that we respect your
privacy. Your e-mail will never be sold or transferred to a third party.
Any future mailings you may receive will come from us and have an
opt-out option that will be respected.) Obviously, it is important that
the users can be identified so any misuse can be stopped. Fill in the
form and send. 
2.      Within 24 hours you will be notified that you have been accepted
and you can start recording your observations. 
3.      When you receive your acceptance go to The expedition birding
birds are ordered more or less taxonomically with 100 species per page
view. There is a very fast search function where bits of English names
or scientific names can be searched for. Points mentioned are the
current for 2004. 
Some birds may show 0 points on this list. This means that they have had
a threat status in the past but now are considered without risk. Present
observations of such species do not give points, but if you recorded
such a bird in the past you will be given the corresponding points.
There is a country column where the countries of its distribution will
be shown, when range data has been included. And finally there is the
view icon that will change to red when the overall distribution has been
4.      Click on the name or the view icon and a page with distribution
and observations will appear. 
5.      As long as the Expedition Birding pages are being constructed
you may help us inserting as complete as possible the range data for
species you have knowledge of. 
a. Select the countries from which the birds have been recorded. Click
b. A new window asking for cardinal points where the birds have been
recorded within a country. It can be general or more specific. If it has
been recorded all over the country check all four of the major
cardinal's points. The cardinal points are shortened (North, South,
East, West and Central) by a one letter code N, S, E, W and C. Click
next when this is done. 
c. Here you are required to fill in or select a region for each country.
Click new region for each country if there is no data inserted. You can
mention a general geographic area, an island group or island, a mountain
range and even departments, regions or states. Click save for each
region added. 
d. You can go on filling in sub regions as well - (optional but it will
future users if you do).  When you click next you may fill in other
comments on the distribution. 
e. Click save and in a few seconds you will be back at the species
account page.
6.      If you do not have full knowledge of the range you may
nevertheless record you observation. You can create new localities for
your observation which will be included in the range data. Slowly but
surely a data base for localities of where to see a specific species
will be collected. Do the following.
a. Click "add observation"
b. Choose observation date (minimum year-month and day optional),
c. Check a location. If your location is not listed, click "Here" to add
a new location. If there are no distribution data listed at all, you may
still add country, region and subregion. The subregion is usually the
name of the specific locality where you have seen the bird.
d. Add coordinates if you have them (optional but useful)
d. Add your sighting note (optional but very useful for other users) 
e. upload your record.
7.      In the coming days there will be various ways of retrieving data
from the data base. Please let Humberto Romero
 know if there are features you miss or if
there are improvements to be made.
8.      Happy Expedition Birding!

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