Wednesday, July 20, 2005

New Shorebirds Mailing List.

I just found mention of a new mailing list devoted to shorebirds and waders:


Greetings, Shorebirders!

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Listserve, hosted by the University of Georgia, that also hosts Georgia Birds, and Pelagics-SE. Shorebirds (or Waders, if you prefer) are a unique and fascinating group of birds, because of their wide ranges throughout the world, and some of the most impressive migrations of all birds, flying from the Arctic tundra all the way to southern South America, Africa and Australia and back again, with vagrant species turning up in many unexpected locations. They can be confoundingly difficult to identify, with many similar species and overlapping characteristics. And due to habitat loss of wetlands in breeding, migration stopover and wintering grounds, many species are facing severe ecological pressures and population losses. The focus of this listserve is to create a worldwide forum for reporting the observation of seasonal migration in differing areas, discovery of rarities, discussion of identification problems, and for promotion of knowledge of conservation issues concerning shorebirds.

As with other lists, please keep posts on the topic of shorebirds. Off topic posts, such as general political comments, religion, flaming, etc, are not allowed. Commercial topics are not encouraged, unless they are announcements concerning upcoming events that feature Shorebirds. Please use discretion as you would with other lists.

To Subscribe, send an email to the following type in the body of the message: subscribe SHOREBIRDS FIRSTNAME LASTNAME (for example: subscribe SHOREBIRDS ROBERT WALLACE) Please leave the Subject line of the email blank.

Frequently asked questions will be answered in a following email. Attachments (such as photos) are not currently possible. Links to photos for discussion should be posted in the email, and we hope to be able to set up a site to download photos to. We look forward to reading of sightings and shorebird movements from all over the world, and learning more about these fascinating birds. Thank you to Steve Holzman of FWS and Sara Schweitzer of UGA for their efforts to set up this service. Best regards and good birding! R.D. (Bob) Wallace Alachua FL, USA

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