Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:03:01 +0800

Yes, being on the WA Committee of BA I have been aware of this proposal for a year or two. There has been a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organisations for a while.

I certainly support it, although it is not quite as big a deal for WA as BOCA does not have a direct presence in WA. I have been a member of both for quite some time. It would be interesting to know what percentage of BA members are members of BOCA, and vice versa. Maybe the percentage for each state and territory, as WA may skew the figures.

I am sure they are talking through a number of issues. I like getting both magazines. Wingspan and The Bird Observer. I don't know whether they would publish them alternately, or continue both, or whatever. I like getting both, although I admit that I don't read The Bird Observer as completely as I used to. I still get Australian Field Ornithology but I haven't got Emu for a while. There are the conservation funds set up by each organisation. These are just a few of the obvious issues. I am sure that there are many more issues. Hopefully solutions can be found.

BOCA is structured quite differently to BA. Many regional bird groups affiliate to BOCA, which is different to BA where you join BA itself and are also a member of a regional group. BA is coming to grips with promoting its RGs, but it is still struggling with the concept of branches within a group. We have recently established 3 to 4 in the south west.

I have heard that they are targeting 2012 for the merge if everything can be worked out to the satisfaction of the members of each organisation.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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