Birding anecdotes are great fun, but like any oral history, they disappear over time. By providing details of rare bird sightings in an archival documentation, birders contribute to a collective body of knowledge that spans generations. The intent of the Colorado Bird Records Committee's peer review process is NOT to validate an individual's sighting or personal list, rather it is to establish a standard for which rare bird reports can be used as scientific-quality data.
The primary purpose is to provide a repository for information regarding the records of rare or unusual birds within the state of Colorado. In order to perform this function, the CBRC solicits, collects, assembles, reviews, renders opinions on, and permanently archives, in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, all documentation concerning rare and unusual bird records in Colorado.
Record submissions to the CBRC undergo an intensive committee-review process. Check back at this location to find the status of your record submission.
The CBRC is not the list police; only you can decide what to include on your personal lists. The process of peer review used by the CBRC is the same as that used by other ornithological committees from state/province/country bird records committees to the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature. The peer review process is recognized as a legitimate means to transform citizen-based information into scientifically valid data. In its decision-making process, the CBRC uses the standard that information presented in each documentation should stand the test of time. That is, does the information support the reported identification and would someone 50+ years from now who does not know the observer come to the same reasonable conclusion?