The Decline of BA

To: Tony Russell <>
Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:41:21 +0000
I am!

Thanks for all the positive comments. I really thought that when I set up BA 
Facebook group that it would mean the end of the mailing list. But news of our 
demise has been greatly exaggerated! Great to see that this forum still has 
currency for many people - and I intend to keep it going while ever that is the 

Work has kept me away from just about everything to do with birding for some 
months but it's always good to catch up on discussions - and I hope to be 
birdier in 2061 :-)

I must thank Bill and Peter for carrying almost all the workload of birding-aus 
over the last few years, and particularly in 2015. Out of the team of 
moderators, they are really the ones to whom we owe the continuing existence of 

So a belated happy New Year to everyone. I hope this will be a good year for 
you all in every aspect.



Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus Founder

> On 5 Jan 2016, at 4:00 PM, Tony Russell <> wrote:
> Let's hope Russ is reading all this good stuff !
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
> Kim Sterelny
> Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:18 PM
> To: Birding Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] The Decline of BA
> Hi Folks
> I. I am not a facebook user and I find this list immensely helpful and
> informative. Whenever I have need advise I have got it, and its been
> informed and detailed.  I am very grateful to Russell and any others who
> have kept it in being.
> 2. Obviously, there have been the odd thread (perhaps even this one) that
> have gone on beyond their best-before date. But the subject line usually
> gives those away, and one can just delete them.
> 3. Equally obviously, there are a few "trigger issues" (bird banding + a
> couple of others) which arose passions and hence traffic with an
> unfavourable signal to noise ratio. I am astounded that (eg) posting trip
> reports has generating flaming responses, and am very sorry to learn that.
> Nothing remotely like that has even happened to me (even when I defended my
> cat ownership - a potential trigger issue). Some disagreement sure, but
> nothing at all lacking in respect.
> So armed with my trusty delete button, I say "long live birding-aus", and
> thanks for the advice, expertise and good will I have experienced (and the
> blogs with the fantastic photos: keep posting those links), and I'll just
> edit into electronic oblivion anything else.
> Kim
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