This is the official home page for VTBIRD, the Vermont Birding Discussion List.
For the convenience of subscribers, information from the VTBIRD welcome message is included below.
Guidelines were modeled after those used by BIRDCHAT
and other, established, bird discussion lists. Also included are resources
about viruses and other pertinent topics.
Welcome to VTBIRD!
VTBIRD is an email list for discussion of wild birds and birding in
Vermont and adjacent areas. Interested birders and nature enthusiasts are
encouraged to report recent sightings, ask questions, announce field trips,
or discuss bird conservation issues. Contributions should be respectful,
informative, and relevant to our topic.
The Vermont Bird discussion list is hosted by the University
of Vermont (UVM) and sponsored by the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Ernie Buford is the list owner.
Please read and observe the following guidelines:
- All messages to VTBIRD should include the following:
- Your name and location (most email programs can be set to
automatically append a signature block to outgoing messages)
- An informative SUBJECT line that reflects the content of
- Date and location of any sightings you are reporting
- Please share reports of bird sightings in Vermont. For other
locales use common sense. New Hampshire and other adjacent states
have their own lists. Nevertheless, many VTBIRD subscribers will
be interested in reports from areas close to Vermont (especially
reports of rare birds).
- Other topics about bird identification, optics, field guides, or
general nature observations are welcome and encouraged. Please
ask for a private response if you are requesting information for
trips outside of our area.
- Please do NOT post messages about viruses. All who use the Internet
are responsible for staying informed and prepared to deal with viruses
and virus hoaxes. Computer viruses have nothing to do with birds
or birding in Vermont.
- Attachments are not allowed. The preferred method for sharing photos
or binary files is to post them on a web page. Then include a URL
(web address) in your message directing readers to the web page.
- When replying to a message please make certain that your reply is
addressed to the intended recipient(s). A quick look at the "To:"
field should indicate if you are replying to the entire list or to
the sender only.
- Please be thoughtful and courteous when posting messages to the
list. If you are offended by someone's contribution please take
it up privately with the sender and/or the list owner.
VTBIRD resides on a computer running LSoft's LISTSERV software.
There are 2 addresses you will need. Which address to use depends on
whether you are sending a message to everyone on the list or sending
LISTSERV commands to the computer that manages your VTBIRD subscription.
These commands are instructions for the LISTSERV computer and should not
be sent to everyone on the list!
- Send LISTSERV commands to the LISTSERV address: email@example.com
- To post a message to everyone on VTBIRD
send email to the list address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a web page where you can join or leave the list, post
messages to the list, or view VTBIRD archives:
VTBIRD was moved to UVM from Castleton State College in January 2002. Archives older than that date are not available on the UVM server.
Commands for joining/leaving the list, retrieving archive files, or managing
your settings should be sent to the LISTSERV address (email@example.com).
Commands go on the first line of the message. Do not put
anything on the subject line or after the command.
Two other points to observe when sending LISTSERV commands:
Be sure to turn off automatic signature generation in your
mailer - LISTSERV won't understand your signature lines and will
just give you error messages. Also, don't use your mailer's
confirmation of reading or auto-reply features, these are not
understood by LISTSERV.
Don't see what you need here? Detailed command references and background information are available
in text format via LISTSERV or online in the
To join the VTBIRD list send a subscribe (or SUB) command on the first line of an email message
along with the list name and your first and last name. For example:
| To: firstname.lastname@example.org |
| From: Henry Birder |
| Subject: |
| SUBSCRIBE VTBIRD Henry Birder |
(substitute your own name unless your are Henry Birder.)
To leave the vtbird list, send e-mail to email@example.com
and put the signoff command (UNSUB will also work) as the first
line of your message with the list name. For example:
| To: firstname.lastname@example.org |
| From: Henry Birder |
| Subject: |
| SIGNOFF VTBIRD |
LISTSERV will require you to confirm your subscribe and unsubscribe
requests and will send you directions on how to do that.
Change your address
To have VTBIRD mail delivered to a new address send this command from
your currently-subscribed address:
- CHANGE VTBIRD me@my_new_address.net
SET (change your settings)
To receive messages in digest mode send this command to the
LISTSERV address (email@example.com) just as you did with the subscribe command:
- SET VTBIRD DIGEST
To temporarily stop delivery when you plan to be away:
- SET VTBIRD NOMAIL
To resume delivery after you return:
- SET VTBIRD MAIL
Accessing the Archives
To see the past messages sent to the list (the list archives) look on the Web at http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbird.html or use these LISTSERV commands:
||get a list of available archive files|
|GET VTBIRD LOG9705
||retrieve the 1997 May monthly file|
|SEARCH MEETING IN VTBIRD
||get a list (or index) of the message numbers containing the word "meeting"|
|GETPOST VTBIRD 2 4 6-9
||get the actual message(s), by number, found in the above search command|
Recent messages to VTBIRD (and many other state/regional lists) can also be viewed quite easily on a single page at
Anyone who owns a car has to make sure the oil gets changed. Anyone who uses a computer
needs to learn about computer viruses and how to make sure their computer is protected. Viruses
will find their way to you sooner or later. If you use a relatively secure
mail program and never open attachments unless you are sure they are "clean" you
stand a better chance of avoiding virus trouble. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that
you get yourself a good anti-virus program and use it regularly.
VTBIRD is not an appropriate forum for discussion of computer viruses. There are many web
sites where you can find information and resources related to viruses, hoaxes, chain letters,
urban legends, and the like. Here are a few:
- Catch and
Cure That Virus!
Reading Room: Security Basics
- Computer Associates:
Virus Information Center
Virus FAQ for New Users
- More Computer Virus
- Vmyths.com- Truth About Computer
Virus Myths & Hoaxes
- Urban Legends Reference Pages
Here are some links that may help answer a few of the more frequently
asked questions on VTBIRD. It is not my hope to build a comprehensive index
of bird-related web sites here. But, I may add links from time
to time if it seems they will be useful for the list. Feel free to make
- ABA Code of Birding Ethics for birders
- VT Daily Field Card
- VT Bird Records Committee (report rarities)
- VT Breeding Bird Atlas
- Map of Vermont
- Vermont Interactive Map Viewer
- Google Maps
- Map Quest
- AOU Check-list of North American Birds
- Bird Banding Manual: Alpha Codes and more
- USGS-PWRC Bird Banding Laboratory
To correspond with the list owner send email to: