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Internet Bird Collection (IBC)

The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is a non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world's avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of footage of the world's birds that is available to the general public free of charge. While the initial aim is to post at least one video per species, the long-term objective is to eventually include several videos showing a variety of biological aspects (e.g. feeding, breeding, etc.) for every species.

The idea to create the IBC came about through the contact its creators have had with other bird watchers who use video recorders during their trips. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the current trend is for birdwatchers with varying degrees of dedication to videotape the species -both common and rare- that they see during their trips to all corners of the world. This material is obviously not of much use to the global birding community if it is kept at home. Yet, if it is gathered and made accessible to the public via the Internet, it could surely constitute a valuable source of information for birders, ornithologists, conservationists, etc. In short, the essential goal of the IBC is to initiate a collective project that will only be of use if it is truly just that. In other words, the key to the success of the IBC lies in the hands of yourselves, the users.

The advantage of this medium, the Internet, is that it enables the information provided to be accessed from anywhere in the world, thus making it possible for bird lovers across the globe to see species they might not have had the opportunity to observe had the IBC not been created. Those ornithologists who travel extensively will also find this a useful tool, as it will allow them to get a preview of the birds they plan to see before they begin their travels.

Given that the aim is for the website to be as dynamic as possible, the intention is to up-date it with new videos on a daily basis (save weekends). This of course depends on the participation of the IBC users. The quality of one's video should not act as determent from sending in footage; no video is "not good enough" and no species is "not interesting enough" for this website - any and all information is valuable and helps to attain a greater understanding and knowledge of these interesting animals.