Dear Birdnews subscribers and OFO members,
The Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) will be holding its Annual
General Meeting on Sunday, April 18th. The OBRC meets once per year at the
AGM, where items up for discussion include the review and final voting on
records submitted by OFO members and the Ontario birding community, a
review of the review lists previously identified by past committees (
http://ofo.ca/site/Obrc), and the election of new OBRC members.
Traditionally, the AGM is held in-person at the ROM, but as in 2020, this
year’s AGM will be held virtually.
The OBRC looks to the Ontario birding community for comments, suggestions,
and critique. The OBRC will be nominating 2 new members to 3 year terms,
commencing this year. The OBRC at this time would welcome nominations from
OFO members for people to serve on the OBRC. Nominees should be OFO members
in good standing, have an excellent knowledge in the field identification
of birds, be actively engaged in the Ontario birding community, and
positively support the OBRC through various means (e.g., submitting rare
bird reports, provide information/documentation to the OBRC, etc.).
Ideally, nominations will include a few sentences of text providing
justification why they believe that this nominee is well suited to serve on
Any OFO member in good standing can nominate another OFO member, including
themselves, to the committee. Each OFO member is limited in that they are
allowed to nominate only one person. At the AGM all of the nominees are
announced, and each currently serving member of the committee votes
privately and ranks each of the nominees in the order that they think would
best serve on the committee. The rankings are then tallied up based on
everyone’s votes. Following the AGM, the Chair will contact the candidates
regarding willingness to serve, in order of ranking, until willing
candidates for each vacancy have been obtained. The main criteria for
selecting suitable candidates are that the individual demonstrates an
expert knowledge of the field identification of birds, and is a member in
good standing with OFO. The full process is noted in the OBRC Operating
Guidelines, found at http://ofo.ca/site/Obrc.
Additionally, the OBRC would welcome any nominations for
additions/deletions to the current OBRC review lists (for all zones and
subspecies). In general, species are on the review list if they have fewer
than 20 records in 5 years for that review zone. The OBRC would welcome a
list of records of species/subspecies that are suggested over the past 5
year period as a way for the OBRC to accurately identify species/subspecies
to be removed or added to the review lists.
Nominations for OBRC members and proposed additions/deletions to the review
list are required by April 16, 2021. All communication should be directed
to obrcsecretary at gmail.com.