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Purposes of the CBRC

The following listing of the purposes of the CBRC is from the
Bylaws of the Western Field Ornithologists' California Bird Records Committee.


  1. Endorse records of selected birds from the State of California and adjacent ocean, including, but not limited to, all such records submitted for publication to any official journal or check-list of the Western Field Ornitholgists. "Adjacent ocean" is herein defined as that area within the United States Fisheries Conservation Zone which lies south of 42° N latitude (a line drawn west from the Oregon border). This area is within 200 nautical miles of the nearest point of land in California, except to the extent the southern boundary is truncated by areas under the jurisdiction of Mexico pursuant to international law.
  2. Maintain permanently the original bird records and all Committee votes and comments for use by future bird students.
  3. Publish at least minimal data on all records receiving a decision.
  4. Provide a means by which sight records can gain universal acceptance as valuable scientific data.
  5. Increase knowledge of the birds of California.
  6. Establish standards of observation and reporting against which field observers may compare their own techniques.
  7. Keep or cause to keep the official California State List.


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