RE: scientific nomenclature and Australian Geographic

To: "Tim Dolby" <>, <>, <>, <>
Subject: RE: scientific nomenclature and Australian Geographic
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 13:13:34 +1000
To be quite honest the 'bird' edition of Australian Geographic is
problematic in many ways.

For example (without wanting to sound narcissistic) I personally helped
Australian Geographic out with 2 of the 'bird' articles that appeared in
the journal, spending considerable time and effort doing so. (I should
send them my phone bill to the Northern Territory.) I even had to put up
with a photographer following me around for 2 days. Yet I received no
acknowledgment or thanks for this.

Further, in one of the articles (the one about the twitchathon) they'd
planned to interview me for details. However, because I was away the day
that they rang, they interviewed someone who had nothing to do with the
twitchathon, named them, and then gave them my BA Vic 'description
title' ("Twitchathon Convenor"). This was despite the fact that they
later showed me an 'edit' copy, which I then corrected for them.

Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Thursday, 17 April 2008 10:32 AM
To: Gary Davidson; birding-aus
Subject: scientific nomenclature

Why don't you email them and ask them why?

If found this little discussion about the problem:
from 1983.  They suggest that journals that don't deal specifically with
birds tend to apply the same capiltalisation rules as they do for

I'm not fussed which way it's done, despite the advantages of "our" way,
so long as everyone does it the same way, which they never will.  I'm
sticking with our way until the field guides and check lists change.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 17 April 2008 12:32

-----Original Message-----
From:  on behalf of Gary Davidson
Sent: Thu 4/17/2008 12:31 AM
To: birding-aus
Subject: scientific nomenclature

There was a thread a while ago about scientifc journals not using
capital letters for bird names.  At the time there was a lot of
criticism of the American journals for adopting this policy.  I note
with interest that the latest edition of Australian Geographic has an
article on birds that also does not use capitals.  This is apparently a
world-wide(?) problem.

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