Date: 7/25/19 11:21 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] 20 Year Anniversary Today
Congratulations to all of us, and thank you Jamie for holding the course.

Every now and then I read or reread some old posts on special birds, which
is a lot of fun.

To answer Joan: The group has 848 members, but a lot of those accounts are


On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 6:41 PM Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> wrote:

> Happy Anniversary sbcobirders! I had a message pop up today reminding me
> that 20 years ago this very day this group was created. I think I owe
> thanks to Mike Stiles of slocobirding who at the time had an active
> listserve through Cal Poly in SLO, and I remember asking Mike if I could
> post messages about Santa Maria area birds to the group and he said
> (politely), "I think I would rather keep this group focused on SLO county
> birds." BAM! sbcobirding was born. In those early days it was hosted
> through eGroups, eventually swallowed up by Yahoo, later ignored by Yahoo
> so we moved to In all that time the number of subscribers has
> grown. I think there were only a few county groups way back when but
> eventually nearly all 58 counties in California had a discussion group or
> regional group that birders could report birds to. It was a sign of the
> times. The phone-in BirdBox was starting to disappear and email discussion
> groups were a means to get information out to a wide audience fairly
> quickly. While eBird has taken over the way birders obtain information
> today it does not support real discussion. This is why I feel email groups
> still serve a purpose. A group like this is only as good as its members and
> the topics being discussed so thanks go to all of you for your
> participation all these years, sharing your sightings and generating some
> really meaningful discussion about birding in this wonderful county.
> --
> Jamie Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA
> --
> Jamie Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA

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