The National Finch and Softbill Association has now conducted three censuses in 2008, 2010 and 2014 to gather information on the numbers of finches and softbills held by any finch or softbill keeper who wishes to participate. The censuses have proven very useful in providing a snapshot of relative numbers of different species and particularly identifying species in decline where extra conservation breeding efforts are needed.
After each census the NFSA produces a comprehensive analysis of the overall numbers and trends across the country and then publishes a report. The 2014 census included 41,619 birds held by 410 respondents and gave us some good indications of the most popular species and the species in trouble. Data for 56 exotic finches, all the native finches and over 50 species of softbills was captured.
So NFSA is now conducting its next census (from February 2017 to May 2017) with results to be presented at the Finches’17 Convention (July 7-9, 2017) and then made widely available.
The census is totally anonymous. We don’t want to know who you are or your address, although it would be useful to know which State you come from. We simply want you to record the numbers of each species that you hold and send in your results.
There are many ways you can participate. Census forms have been distributed to many clubs and through a number of websites. For example you can download a census form from the QFS website (www.qfs.org.au). Just fill it in and post it off. Or you can complete the Census on-line through SurveyMonkey. The link for your web browser is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFSAcensus2017 .
We know that the census won’t reach every finch and softbill breeder and we also know that some people will actively avoid the census. That is fine. Provided we get enough people to respond the census will provide a valuable picture of the relative numbers of species and how many people keep them. This will provide further information on which species are rare or becoming rarer and need some help.
So please participate in this aspect of your hobby and complete an NFSA Finch and Softbill census form - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFSAcensus2017
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Just wondering if the NFSA National Finch Census 2017 results are available yet, and if so, if the results are publicly available. Thank you.
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