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Attention Birdwatchers - a new team & a new focus

 9 May 2019

Hi everyone.

Thanks for all the contributions so far. With over a million records on Canberra Nature Map from CNM contributors and COG, we have now added a list of birds to look out for (which can be found under the species tab on the top toolbar under Birds To Look Out For) to provide guidance on the sorts of bird sightings most valuable to us. This list contains species of conservation concern for which the ACT is an expected part of their range but do not yet have good amounts of data. Records of these species are always valuable and will be useful in guiding conservation efforts into the future.

We are also keen to receive submissions of both photos and audio for species which don't yet have a representative sample of images and audio. You can go through the species list to find which are missing these (very few species have audio). This will improve the value of the species list as an educational resource. 

We are always happy to assist people in identifying any birds and their calls that you are unsure about. However, we would encourage those who are bird-savvy to focus their efforts when possible to those species listed and those lacking media to maximise the value of your time and effort, as well as that of the moderators.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Davey, who will be stepping back from bird moderation, for his invaluable contribution to setting up the birds category on Canberra Nature Map, and welcome Sandra Lauer (Illianga) and Matthew Frawley who will be joining myself, Luke Downey (natureguy), and Michael Robbins (Michaelbirdboy) in this role.

Ryu Callaway

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   11 May 2019
Anyone who checked the list yesterday, please take another look as there have been some slight changes.

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