A plea for the Atlas oif Australian Birds

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Subject: A plea for the Atlas oif Australian Birds
From: "James O'Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:48:56 +1000

While we're encouraging everyone to submit their sightings to various websites, 
I would encourage everyone to submit any sightings of any birds to the Birds 
Australia Atlas. This is the national repository for our collective knowledge 
about birds' distributions, seasonal occurrences, movements, and population 
trends. It is widely regarded as the best continental-scale biological dataset 
in Australia, and one of the best in the world.

It is used as the basis for listing recommendations through the IUCN Red List 
and the EPBC Act.

It is used to inform the annual State of Australia's Birds Reports.

It is used as the basis for or contributes to a great number of peer-reviewed 
scientific papers. It can be mapped against other data layers to produce 
habitat modelling, and will increasingly be used to analyse birds responses to 
climate change, land use change and other disturbances.

It is used to analyse local and regional population trends, reports on which 
often have management and conservation implications, and which have the 
potential to influence government policy and land managers' decision making for 
the betterment of our birds.

It is used by consultants to inform environmental impact assessments.

In 2010, Birds Australia is in the process of enhancing the Atlas project to 
ensure that our data is used even more widely and is more accessible to its 
contributors. We are working to make Birdata a hub through which various bird 
datasets can be streamed. This will make it easier to submit data and reduce 
the data entry burden on contributors.

The best way to ensure your sightings data is put to good use is to submit it 
to the Birds Australia Atlas.


James O'Connor

Research Manager

Birds Australia

Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester St

Carlton  VIC  3053


Ph (03) 9347 0757

Fax (03) 9347 9323

Toll free: 1300 730 075

Website address:

Atlas website:

ABN: 87 004 076 475

Australian Partner of BirdLife International

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