Reviews of An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT
Foreword on Volume 1 of the An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT
Dr Richard Major, Principal Research Scientist, Australian Museum
Australians are privileged to have their lives enriched by an immense diversity of native fauna, and the 800-odd species of bird are the signposts of this biodiverse heritage. A skilled, enthusiastic (and rather crazy) bird watcher is able to see more than 250 species in a single day in just the state of New South Wales, and most of these species will be unique to Australia. But with this privilege comes the responsibility of living our lives in a manner that ensures that this environmental capital is not irreversibly eroded. More
An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT, Volume 1. Emu to Plains-wanderer
Neil Fraser, Editor The Whistler Magazine, Hunter Bird Observers Club
Have you ever wondered how the hundreds of hours you have spent being bitten by mosquitoes, shivering in freezing winter winds, wading through ankle-deep mud or getting tired and sunburnt while conducting bird surveys contributes to the understanding and conservation of our avifauna? The recently published Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT, Volume 1, (Atlas) answers this question with a comprehensive display of the power of the work of ‘citizen scientists’. More
Review of ‘An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT Volumes 1 & 2’
Dr Julian Reid, Research Officer, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University.
When Volume 3 is finished in a year’s time this mighty effort by a small, dedicated bunch of amateur ornithologists will have culminated in over 2000 pages of published mapping and analysis of the distribution of every bird species in New South Wales. Led by Dick Cooper, and ably supported by Ian McAllan’s encyclopaedic and arcane knowledge of the NSW ornithological literature and Brian Curtis’s computer and databasing skills, Chris Brandis and others, the NSW Bird Atlassers kept on surveying birds in 10-minute grid blocks when the first Australian Bird Atlas (1977-81) left off. Consequently, and only in this state, there is a continuous record of moderately fine-scale bird distribution and species’ reporting rates from 1977 to the present, importantly using the same methodology – virtually a 40-year span. More
NSW Bird Atlas data: more woodland species in trouble
Dr Stephen Debus, School of Environmental & Rural Science, University of New England
The recently released Atlas of the Birds of New South Wales and the ACT volumes 1 and 2 (2014, 2016, NSW Bird Atlassers) reveal some further worrying trends for certain forest and woodland birds. Comparisons between the first and second national bird atlassses revealed some downward trends at both a national and state level (see the Birds Australia Atlas 2 book, and also Barrett et al. 2007, Australian Zoologist 34: 37–77 for NSW specifically). Despite the changed survey methods in national Atlas 2, the data resulted in two waves of woodland birds being added to the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act as Vulnerable (the first group being largely based on national Atlas 2, the second on Barrett et al. 2007). More
Review of An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & ACT Vol. 2
John Peter, Australian Birdlife magazine
Bird atlases can be a mixed bag. Some are simply books of dots on maps, but others offer a treasure trove of valuable information. An Atlas of the Birds of NSW& the ACT Volume 2 is the latter, and a standout among the many Australian bird atlases.
The second book in a three-volume set and covering 165 resident and migratory species from Comb-crested Jacana to Striated Pardalote, it is filled to the brim with information. No reader could ever be left wondering. More
An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT, Vol. 2. Comb-crested Jacana to Striated Pardalote
By Neil Fraser
The New South Wales Bird Atlassers have published Volume 2 of The Atlas of NSW and ACT birds (Atlas), including those of the western Tasman Sea. The volume contains information on 165 resident and migratory species from Comb-crested Jacana to Striated Pardalote. For each species, there are maps, graphs and tables that summarize the reported distribution, breeding distribution, seasonal and historic range changes, together with monthly breeding records and monthly and annual reporting rates. The text provides a summary of what is known about the occurrence, distribution, breeding biology, movements, history and current status of each species. More
Sir David Attenborough
Two letters on receiving copies of Vol 1 And Vol 2: 28 February 2019: “Dear Richard Cooper ,.. I greatly admire the scholarship and fieldwork on which it must be based’’. And on 7 March 2019: “I have now had a chance to read something of your astonishing publication…and I congratulate you unreservedly on this great achievement’’.