The Alabama Bird Records Committee (ABRC) was created to validate documentation of unusual birds in Alabama using a method that allows the records to be more universally accepted and scientifically valuable. A committee of seven experienced Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS) members reviews reports of species that generally have fewer than ten accepted records or fewer than two accepted records during the previous ten years. Records for species on the ABRC
review list, which currently includes approximately 80 species, are voted on by all committee members. If the first vote is indecisive, the committee members vote a second time. Vote totals with no more than one Ònot acceptedÓ vote result in the record being accepted. Totals with four or more Ònot acceptedÓ votes result in the record not being accepted. Records without decisions after two votes are reviewed and voted upon a final time at the annual ABRC meeting.
Author: Steve W. McConnell
Volume Number: 55 Year Published: 2009
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 42
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2009/Vol 55 No 2 2009_p42-43.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2009/Vol 55 No 2 2009.pdf