FW: Birdpedia - Australia - Notification: New Sighting Report - Members

To: "Peter Thomson" <>, "Dave Torr" <>
Subject: FW: Birdpedia - Australia - Notification: New Sighting Report - Members
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 12:40:24 +1000
Hi Peter et al
There are, in fact, a large number of birders and other interested
parties who read these emails but do not contribute.
The reasons are a lack of confidence, a belief that what they are seeing
is not important and because they have witnessed the sarcasm and
agressive approach taken by some in the past - ie they don't wnat to be
burned publicly.
Their opinions are going to be hard to change - but can I join with you
and encourage all those voyeurs out there to get in and send in your
sightings, queries, ideas, opinions and ask that all listen with an open
mind and query with an honest intention. 
It's for the benefit of all of us - and, ultimately, for wildlife and
the environment in general.

Think before you reply, encourage before you criticise.

My tuppence worth,


On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:18:51 +1000, "Peter Thomson"
<> said:
> Hopefully on line data bases of bird sightings will continue to grow and 
> evolve along the lines suggested by Dave Torr so that they become 
> increasingly more useful to amateur and professional birders, 
> ornithologists,and ecologists.
> Despite the plethora of interesting sightings on birding-aus, the fact 
> remains that there are still too few observers spread too unevenly over 
> our vast country.
> More people need to be encouraged to become more aware of wild birds to 
> the point that they feel confident enough to start contributing to at 
> least one of the many existing data bases.
> Our national birding organizations are well placed to assist in 
> expanding community awareness and knowledge of wild birds but need more 
> members to remain viable.
> If your membership has lapsed - where the bloody hell are you?
> Cheers,
> Peter
> Dave Torr wrote:
> > It is certainly good that an increasing number of Aussie birders are 
> > using databases to record their sightings - whether private or public, 
> > web based or PC based, free or subscription.
> >
> > However, it concerns me that there are so many systems available - 
> > BA'a Atlas, Birdpedia, OZBirds, Eremaea that I know of online, and a 
> > number of commercial packages on PCs as well as people's own software.
> >
> > In the interests of the Aussie birding community - and particularly 
> > for long term research and monitoring - it seems to me that the data 
> > is far too scattered, and that it is currently too hard to get a 
> > comprehensive picture of bird observations.
> >
> > Whilst I appreciate that all systems have their pros and cons, I feel 
> > it would be of great benefit if the providers of the various online 
> > databases could come up with some technique for sharing data, so that 
> > people do not have to subscribe to multiple services in order to know 
> > what is being seen
> >
> >
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