The Decline of BA

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Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Sonja Ross <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:55:42 +0000
One of the good things about birding is that it covers a wide range of
interest, from those who just like to see and sometimes feed the birds in
their backyards to those who are twitchers and rush off to see any vagrant
reported in the country if they can - it's all about what we personally

I think it's the "instancy" of Facebook and other social media that many
people enjoy and find useful.  Someone who wants a young Starling
identified is much more likely to go to a specific Facebook group where
they know many of the other members wouldn't know what it was either, than
to go to a Forum like this where many of the contributors are known to be
very experienced birders, and sometimes make that very obvious.

It is sad that the reference value of Birding-Aus is losing contributions,
but I guess people just put a question in a Facebook Group and again get an
instant  answer quite regularly.

In an analogy, it's a bit like field guide books and apps - both have their
uses and people who use only one or the other.

It's been interesting reading responses to Steve's comment - so well done
to Steve for stirring some debate, and thanks to Russell and team for
maintaining Birding-Aus for us.
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