Forums & Mailing Lists
For those of you who don't already know there are lots of birding related discussion groups around the world. If you use e-mail and want to stay in touch joining such a group is fun, informative and passionate as at times some of your fellows will get hot under the collar. Personally I love it and feel deprived if I don't take part in the debates every now and then. My love of the mailing lists was amply illustrated by a remark I made to my wife whilst birding in Australia. Look I said pointing toward an emu shepherding his young across the plain its an E-mail! Some of the listings below are portals to chat rooms the difference here is that you stay on line and type one to one messages to have a conversation.
Love 'em or hate 'em there is always something going on and they are a great way of contacting people all over the world if you need help with research, an environmental campaign or just to plan your next overseas birding trip.
Geographical area groups are listed on their individual country or state pages [or in the UK county pages] etc. and familly pages will [when I publish those pages] carry groups relevant to particular species or bird famillies. In order to become part of the group you have to subscribe; the way you do this may differ with different groups. The addresses and methods of subscribing are listed below. So the groups below are ones which relate either to interest areas not confined by species or geography, or that are for areas which do not have a page - like three US states together, or several EEC countries together.
This information is being updated as often as possible but, needless to say, we at Fat Birder would like to know of any additions, please to let us know. Each of the mailing lists below consists of:
1. The list name and a short explanation of what it is all about.
2. The e-mail address of the list and where you need to send the message saying you want to subscribe.
3. The third line is the message you need to send in order to subscribe. Where it says Your Name, type in your own name, without quotation marks. Do not put any message in the subject line of your e-mail. The only information your need is the message, in the body of the e-mail. Some subscription requests are case sensitive: that is, they require careful reproduction of capital letters or lowercase letters in the subscription message.
These days forums are as popular as mailing groups - whereby you can join in numerous threads on generalist sites or much more specific discussions on more specialist forums… everything from Seabirds to hummingbirds…
The weekly Birdwatching Podcast! Hello and welcome to all you Birdwatchers, Birders, Twitchers, Scopers, Ornithologists, Bird Nerds and Nature Lovers out there - and welcome to the Birdpod Website. Here you can find out about my weekly podcasts where I discuss all things Bird-related, plus YOU have the chance to have your say too!
We hope all people interested on bird ringing will subscribe ANILLAFORUM. We appreciate your collaboration spreading the creation of this list among all banders. To subscribe ANILLAFORUM you have to send a blank (no subject, no text) mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org you will be requested to reply the message to confirm your subscription.
I am an archair birdwatcher who would like to meet other people who might be able help me identify and also admire the birds we watch come to our feeders and our backyards. Post message: ArmchairBirdwatchers@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: ArmchairBirdwatchersemail@example.com Unsubscribe: ArmchairBirdwatchersfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: ArmchairBirdwatchersemail@example.com
Discusssion of birds, in French, subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe AVIMONDE your e-mail address. posting: email@example.com contact address: Jean Laporte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Backyard-Birder is a place for those who love watching birds whether it is at the feeder or in the yard. Post message: Backyard-Birder@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: Backyard-Birderemail@example.com Unsubscribe: Backyard-Birderfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: Backyard-Birderemail@example.com
A UK based chatroom, mailing group and much more for birders!
I have set up a Birding Technology list, after several requests from members of the BWPUSERS list. It is intended for general discussion of Technology for Birders, ranging from Bins, Scopes etc. through to software, internet and Email through to SMS messaging, GPS and beyond. The subscription info is: Subscription : Send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscription : Send an empty email to email@example.com URL: Coming soon……
Postings of trip reports from traveling bird watchers subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe BIRDTRIP Your Name
Rare Birds Alert - (for rarest records in North America) subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe BIRD_RBA Your Name posting: firstname.lastname@example.org contact address: email@example.com web address: NBHC Digest
A mailing list for bird banders (site based in the US) with periodic posting from the USF & WS Bird Banding Laboratory subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe BIRDBAND Your Name
A group for anyone interested in bird books. Please post reviews, previews, requests for information and any private sales. To subscribe: email@example.com
General discussion of North American birds and bird watching. subscription to: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe BIRDCHAT Your Name
Transcriptions of rare bird alerts for the central US and Canada subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe BIRDCNTR Your Name
Transciptions of rare bird alerts for the eastern US and Canada subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe BIRDEAST Your Name
This list has grown so that it no longer includes just discussion on birds, and bird watching, but the discussion of everything from birds, to pets, and other wild creatures out there in the world. All are welcome to join in our discussions, as we have all grown into a rather family like community. Post message: email@example.com Subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: email@example.com List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some basic questions and answers for UK birders…
Great site for finding mailing lists etc.
Post message: email@example.com Subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: email@example.com List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org URL to this page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/birdline
This list is for collecting North America bird photos - mostly songbirds, hawks, owls, vultures, mockingbirds, etc. Post message: BirdPhotos@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: BirdPhotosemail@example.com Unsubscribe: BirdPhotosfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: BirdPhotosemail@example.com
News and updates about the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm for photographers and bird watchers. Post message: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: email@example.com Unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org List owner: email@example.com
Group for taking bird photographs, even video through scopes.Post message: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: email@example.com Unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org List owner: email@example.com
Enjoy birds and wildlife through the creation of Wildscapes and gardens for them. Discuss wild birds, wild animals, and native plants. Domestic plants are discussed when used to provide for wildlife. Post message: BIRDSnGARDENS@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: BIRDSnGARDENSfirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: BIRDSnGARDENSemail@example.com List owner: BIRDSnGARDENSfirstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo Page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BIRDSnGARDENS
This is really an on-line dating service for birders… free right now [Sept 07] but with the intention of charging at some stage…
Transcription of rare bird alerts for the western US and Canada subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe BIRDWEST Your Name
The BOU has set up a new email discussion group for ornithologists around the globe. The aim of BOU BirdTalk is to encourage the discussion of scientific research amongst ornithologists and to provide a noticeboard for meetings, conferences, jobs, expeditions, publications, etc. The group is free to join and open to anyone interested in any aspect of ornithology. To join BOU BirdTalk send a blank email to BOU_birdtalkfirstname.lastname@example.org with the word subscribe in the subject field.
Bird Records Committee Forum Subscription: email@example.comMessage: send an empty messageWeb page: BRCF-L
Scientific discussion list on cavity-nesting birds To subscribe to CAVNET send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the body of your message type subscribe CAVNET your name. Any other questions can be directed to the list owner, Eric L. Walters (email@example.com).
Central Valley Birds
Post message: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: email@example.com Unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org List owner: email@example.com
You watch a cr-bird whose scheme is not on the Dirk Raes` Website - Mail your data on the list to get the solution! You launch a cr-scheme? Mail its particulars! If you write in your mother tongue, don`t forget to add an English translation in the same mail (English is the default language of this European list).
Subscription: Ecotropics@aol.com + send a name and email to receive Cracid Newsletter regularly.
This is a mailing list for members of Birding For All (formerly: the Disabled Birders Association). To join the dba visit our website at: http://www.birdingforall.com New dba members will automatically be added to the mailing group.
Discussion Site - Adventures In Birdwatching
Wild birds, birding, nature, ornithology, outdoors.
Scientific discussion list on eagles subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe EAGLE-NET
European Twitching News (EuroTwitch)
A free mailinglist for interchanging up-to-date information of major bird rarities in the Western Palaearctic. It is running quite well with over 150 members from various European countries. We already have regular reports of rarities from Holland, Sweden, Finland, Germany etc. More information about the major rarities from other countries would be very welcome. If you are interested: To subscribe, send a blank message to: birdline-subscribe@eGroups.com
For Fresno area backyard bird watchers and all nature lovers. Share your sightings and experiences with our fine feathered friends. Post message: email@example.com Subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: email@example.com List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fresno_feathers
Discussion list of the Shorebirds Sister School Program. Postings from school groups about shorebirds. subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe FWS-SHOREBIRDS
Grouses dealing Capercaille, Black grouse, Hazel hen and PtarmiganContact: Wolfgang Kantner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
…waterfowl, exotic game birds, poultry,any thing hatched. (aligators) for example are ok. hatching questions. and hatching equipment for sale only. thankyou, very much. tvs. moderator. pictures of new hatches are welcome! (the golden rule applies)!"Post message: Hatchingtechniques@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: Hatchingtechniquesemail@example.com Unsubscribe: Hatchingtechniquesfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: Hatchingtechniquesemail@example.com
Discussion about hummingbirds subscription: Majordomo@Majordomo.Esosoft.com message: subscribe hummers firstname.lastname@example.org
Very active discussion list about hummingbirds subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe humnet-l Your Name
Grupo dedicado a hablar de aves, de conservación de la naturaleza cn buen sentido de humor y buen rollo. Pedimos a serios amargados que no ingresen. Post message: Humoriaves@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: Humoriavesfirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: Humoriavesemail@example.com List owner: Humoriavesfirstname.lastname@example.org
Discussion about highly difficult bird identification issues, mostly related to North America. subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe BIRDWG01 Your Name
CorvidsSend a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lively discussions, reports and pictures...
LaridaeLaridaeemail@example.com A new mailing list about Skuas, Gulls and Terns called "Laridae". The main language is French, but English contributions are welcome (English is actually already used in the list). Remember to always use the latin name in your message. To subscribe, send an empty message to : Laridaefirstname.lastname@example.org To send a message to the list (after subscribing) : Laridae@egroups.com You can also visit the website and check all the old messages.
Martinets-hirondelles, which deals only with apodidae and hirundinidae (not especially European ones)… You can visit its website at and access to links, data bases, unpublished works, pictures, bibliographical references, all contributions sent by our members, etc. This mailing list was created in March 2000 and gathers only 50 members, most of them being French, with some German, Italian, Swiss and Belgian ones. French is the main language, but mails in English are welcome.
MARVADEL is an electronic discussion group for birders of all descriptions in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and surrounding areas. The group will concentrate on local birding issues and events, such asinteresting sightings, advice on local birding hotspots, announcements of local bird club meetings, events and exhibitions, planning of days out and joint birding expeditions, etc. MARVADEL is open to all individuals with a sense of humor and an interest in wild birds in the mid-Atlantic region. Post message: email@example.com Subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: email@example.com List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
A mailing list to discuss birds and birdwatching in the Middle East and Central Asia covering research, conservation, bird news, recent records, identification, requests for information and exchange of information. Post message: MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: MEBirdNetemail@example.com Unsubscribe: MEBirdNetfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: MEBirdNetemail@example.com Yahoo page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEBirdNet
USA & Canada - Michigan, Ohio, Ontario. Subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org + subscribe moo-listers Send a message: email@example.com Contact: Jim Lesser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The CompuServe Earth Forum closed and we lost contact with all the members. I hope this can become a new forum for those and hopefully new birding friends to connect across the globe. Post message: Oldearth@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: Oldearthemail@example.com Unsubscribe: Oldearthfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: Oldearthemail@example.com
Oriental Bird Club Mailing Group
subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org to unsubscribe: email@example.com
Scientific discussion of ornithology. subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe ORNITH-L Your Name posting: email@example.com
Liste de discussion sur les oiseaux d`Europe. Discussion of French birds, in French subscription: Majordomo@union-fin.fr message: subscribe ornithologie
Osprey's Nest Forum
A mailing list for nature-lovers & birdwatchers in Singapore & Malaysia. Discussion of birds, bird sightings, birding events and other nature related activities. Members can post their sightings & topics on birding, birdwatching or nature related topics, sharing of wildlife & nature pictures. Annoucement of upcoming birding related events & trips to birding spots in Singapore & the region. Post message: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: email@example.com Unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org List owner: email@example.com
This is a list for those who are interested in the Beautiful and Beneficial Purple Martins - Attracting and protecting them - general information about Martins, Migration Dates, etc. Post message: PurpleMartins@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: PurpleMartinsfirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: PurpleMartinsemail@example.com List owner: PurpleMartinsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Rare Bird Alerts (USA)
(For rarities in North America.)Subscription: email@example.com including the message: subscribe BIRD_RBA plus name. Send a message: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: email@example.com
Discussion of birds in states on the Mississippi River subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe
Send your request to join the mailing list for Norway, Sweden and Denmark (and automatically receive EuroBirdNet postings) to Bjorn Einar Sakseid, email@example.com.
Scientific discussion list about seabirds subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: SUBSCRIBE SEABIRD Your Name
Neotropical migratory birds in southeastern U.S. subscription: email@example.com message: subscribe SEPART-L Your Name
SWISS-FRENCH-BELGIAN LIST (mainly Switzerland, France, Belgium; French) Alain Chappuis, firstname.lastname@example.org To subscribe: write to Alain Chappuis
This listserv is a place for young birders to get together to discuss birds, birding, and what it is to be a young birder. This group has not only spawned good discussions, but its been the part of new friendships and cross-country connections. Post message: TeenBirdChat@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: TeenBirdChatemail@example.com Unsubscribe: TeenBirdChatfirstname.lastname@example.org List owner: TeenBirdChatemail@example.com Yahoo page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TeenBirdChat
The Bigg Bird Forum
The Family Friendly Birding Site…
Scientific discussion list for Parids (Chickadees) and other cavity nesters subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe TitNet (Your Name)
Post message: email@example.com Subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: email@example.com List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discovering Barn Owl Species World-wide. Tyto alba pratincola, typical attack mode. Click Photo for Better Picture. The Barn Owl Family (Tytonidae) is in a constant state of shock throughout the world. This club is designed to help this unique family of birds through research and population enhancement schemes.
Western Shorebird Group
(Waders)Subscription: email@example.com + subscribe wsg
Wild for Birds
A friendly place for people who love Wild Birds. Hi and Welcome! It`s nice to have you join us :-) We look forward to hearing about the birds that visit your backyard everyday and all your birding stories.
Women in Ornithology Resource Group subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org message: subscribe WORGNET Your Name