birding listservers

South Africa is fortunate to have several birding related email listservers for discussions on various topics related to birds and birding. We have detailed some of them below.

SA Birdnet

A national listserver covering all issues bird related.

The following describes commands you can send to get information about and control your subscription to sabirdnet.  A command can be in the subject line or in the body of the message.

Note that much of the following can also be accomplished via the World Wide Web (the easier option), at:

    http://lists.ukzn.ac.za/mailman/listinfo/sabirdnet

In particular, you can use the Web site to have your password sent to your delivery address and to change your options.

List specific commands (subscribe, set, etc) should be sent to the sabirdnet-request address.

About the descriptions - words in "<>"s signify REQUIRED items and words in "[]" denote OPTIONAL items.  Do not include the "<>"s or "[]"s when you use the commands.

The following commands are valid:

* subscribe [password] [digest-option] [address=<address>]

Subscribe to the mailing list.  Your password must be given to unsubscribe or change your options.  When you subscribe to the list, you'll be reminded of your password periodically. 'digest-option' may be either: 'nodigest' or 'digest' (no quotes!)  If you wish to subscribe an address other than the address you send this request from, you may specify "address=<email address>" (no brackets around the email address, no quotes!)

* set <option> <on|off> <password>

Turn on or off list options.  Valid options are:

* ack:

Turn this on to receive acknowledgement mail when you send mail to the list.

* digest:

Receive mail from the list bundled together instead of one post at a time.

* plain:

Get plain-text, not MIME-compliant, digests (only if digest is set)

* nomail:

Stop delivering mail.  Useful if you plan on taking a short vacation.

* norcv:

Turn this on to NOT receive posts you send to the list. Does not work if digest is set.

* options

Show the current values of your list options.

* password <oldpassword> <newpassword>

Change your list password.

* end or --

Stop processing commands (good to do if your mailer automatically adds a signature file - it'll save you from a lot of cruft).

Commands should be sent to sabirdnet-request@lists.ukzn.ac.za

Questions and concerns for the attention of a person should be sent to
    sabirdnet-admin@lists.ukzn.ac.za
or
    norman@ukzn.ac.za (the List Administrator)


SA Rare Bird News

A newsletter group alerting people of the occurrence of rarities as well as constant updates of whether birds are still around or not.
To join, send a blank message to sa-rarebirdnews-subscribe@googlegroups.com
Alternatively, you can link through to the home page of the SA Rare Bird News email group in order to join the group and receive the regular newsletters with the latest news on all national and regional Southern African rarities.

Cape Birdnet

A regional listserver discussing birds and birding related issues in the Cape.
To join, send a blank message to capebirdnet-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
One needs to be a subscriber to post a message here.
To post a message, send an email to capebirdnet@yahoogroups.com

Pretoria Birdnet

A regional listserver discussing birds and birding related issues in and around Pretoria.
To join, send a blank message to pretoriabirds-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
One needs to be a subscriber to post a message here.
To post a message, send an email to pretoriabirds@yahoogroups.com

For those interested in birding on an African scale:

African Birding

A listserver discussing birds and birding related issues on the African continent.
To join, send a blank message to africanbirding-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
One needs to be a subscriber to post a message here.
To post a message, send an email to africanbirding@yahoogroups.com


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