To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Birdstack
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:09:08 +1100
My views precisely - we already have three good systems in Eremaea,
Birdpedia and Birdata in this country (which I would argue is two too
many!). They all have their good points and bad points.
Depends of course on your objectives - if you wish to keep a personal list
and never share it then doesn't matter what you use. If you want others to
benefit from the knowledge of your sightings (for birding or scientific
purposes) then it makes sense to use one of the existing systems. If you
bird internationally then that probably removes Birdata from the equation as
it is limited to Aus only, but the others are fine systems for domestic and
international birding.
If a birder wants to know where species are being seen then they have only
to look at the three databases (I have tried with the cooperation of Eremaea
and Birdpedia to do some limited integration of their reports - a long way
to go and maybe one day I will finish it).
Seem to recall we had this debate a year or so back about some European
system. So by all means check it out and if it meets your needs better than
the other three then use it (or even better try and persuade one of the
others to update their system to compete). But if you find nothing wrong
with the other systems then I would encourage people to use one of them
instead so that other Aussie birders may have the benefit of the information
you collect.

On 21/01/2008, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> I haven't looked at it, but do we need more of these?  Does it do anything
> the other online databases don't do?
> Peter Shute
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