Australian Field Ornithology journal

To: Murray Lord <>
Subject: Australian Field Ornithology journal
From: Webmaster <>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:28:17 +1100
Thanks for that Murray - it is our intention to publish one or two articles
from each edition from both Australian Field Ornithology and The Bird
Observer in the hope of encouraging subscriptions. We welcome feedback!


On 25 February 2010 20:34, Murray Lord <> wrote:

> When the possible merger of Birds Australia and BOCA was being discussed a
> few weeks ago, a couple people mentioned the future of the journal
> Australian Field Ornithology.
> I have not been a BOCA member for many years.  It was only recently I
> realised that it's possible to subscribe to AFO without being a BOCA member,
> and I did so.  More than any other journal in Australia, I think AFO should
> appeal to birding-aus subscribers who want to learn more, and contribute to
> knowledge of our birds.  Many articles detailing records of rare birds are
> published; for instance the current issue contains articles on the first
> records for Australia of Asian Brown Flycatchers and Grey Nightjars.  Other
> articles include a review article on Black necked Storks by Greg Clancy, one
> on historic grasswren records and observations on Red Goshawk biology.  A
> couple of the articles are available as free samples at
> The future of AFO is in doubt, and the lack of subscribers is the main
> problem.  Fewer than 10% of BOCA's members subscribe to it, and I would
> encourage more people to support it.  Subscription for non members is $32
> per year.  Given the decline in state based ornithological journals in
> recent years there is arguably more need than ever to support this journal.
> Hopefully if the organisations do merge, the increased membership could
> allow the journal to become more viable.  There is plenty of room for Emu,
> AFO and either Wingspan or the Bird Observer.  AFO does not compete with any
> of BA's current publications.  And even if the merger does not go ahead, I
> would hope Birds Australia could offer subscriptions to AFO as an option to
> its members, in order to encourage its survival.
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