Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

To: "'Frank O'Connor'" <>, <>
Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 18:55:50 +1030
I wonder which one will gobble up the other's funds as usually happens in a
merger and which management group will come out on top. Interesting .  BA
tried to merge with SAOA ( Birds SA) some years ago but it didn't happen.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Frank O'Connor
Sent: Monday, 1 February 2010 6:33 PM
Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

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
Phone : (08) 9386 5694              Email :  


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