Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: [Birding-Aus] afo

To: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Subject: Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: [Birding-Aus] afo
From: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 16:35:52 +1100
Fair call Chris: I do understand there's a difference between peer-reviewed and 
popular literature, and why it's important. But I think my point's being missed 
as much as Stephen's.

I didn't know whether Wingspan was peer-reviewed - some glossy magazines are, 
but I would have guessed it wasn't, as clearly it isn't resourced as a Nature 
or New Scientist. But I think this is where some of the conflicting views are 
arising in this discussion, from the scientific fraternity who rightly wish to 
maintain standards of verification and validity of data, and the many 
enthusiastic amatuers who wish there was an outlet for their interesting 
sightings, & to read those of others. Some of those people have made comment in 
this thread, and while I may not agree with all of the sentiments, sometimes 
it's important to understand where they are coming from.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to get to grips with a dry, 
peer-reviewed research journal, but I do value having an outlet where I can 
access well-researched, well-written and accessible information about a subject 
(bird conservation) that is important to me. That's what I value Wingspan for. 
It's where I access the dry, serious stuff that I am glad there are people like 
Stephen out there doing...

Ross Macfarlane

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