Hi Bob and others
From time to time I get requests from researchers to publicise their
projects and/or ask for data to be submitted. I'm always happy to
help out, and there is a page on the birding-aus website where I add
this sort of info - go to our website at http://www.birding-aus.org
and click "Requests". At present there is only one item there, a
request from last November. Always happy to add more!
Birding-Aus List Owner
Geelong Victoria Australia
On 03/04/2006, at 1:08 PM, Bob Lake wrote:
Hi Colin and all,
Good comment on why many people may be deterred from submitting
sightings, ideas and comments. I am a recent member and have just
sent in my first sighting report, and this brought half a dozen
interesting responses, ideas and contacts. So my initial experience
has been encouraging.
As far as ideas go, one thing I had hoped for from birding-aus
emails - and so far haven't seen - was information from researchers
on projects (Australia-wide) that might need input. I am referring
not particularly to atlassing/twitching type reports - which have
immediate relevance to many of us - but to longer term behavioural
and distribution studies. If researchers (institutional, Ph.D's,
government, whovever) were to publish information on their
activities and needs regarding research projects - and their
geographical fields of interest - then there would undoubtedly be
experienced birdwatchers in those areas willing to help. For the
amateur ornithologists it could bring a whole new field of interest
and focus, as well has helping the researchers.
I am a member of BA and BOCA and am aware that they have special
interest groups and atlassing projects under way, and my wife and I
have participated in several of these over the years. I do feel
however, that it would interest many enthusiasts to become involved
in a wider variety of research projects that catch their imagination.
Hope that everyone keeps the reports coming in.
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