sponsored by the
Museum of Natural
Louisiana State University
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*** Remembering Paul Coopmans ***
NEOORN is an email bulletin board
devoted to disseminating information on the biology of Neotropical birds. Its
primary purpose is to improve communication among those working on Neotropical
birds. NEOORN is multilingual; most postings are in English or Spanish, but
Portuguese and French also welcomed. NEOORN is open to anyone interested in
Neotropical birds. As of January 2012, 819 people were subscribed to NEOORN.
Frequent general subjects of
postings include requests for information on particular bird species or
regions, literature relevant to particular topics logistics of working in
particular countries, including local contacts, conservation status of
particular species, conservation alerts, and job openings. Check recent
to see examples.
NEOLIT: a regular feature of NEOORN is
the posting of literature citations for papers relevant to Neotropical
ornithology. For details, click:
NEOORN has a Facebook group; it's a convenient place
to post photos, videos, and to network: NEOORN Facebook Group
• To subscribe:
send message to: listserv@listserv.LSU.edu
with only the following as text:
subscribe NEOORN-L Your Name
Do not put your name in quotes or brackets
[do not expect an instantaneous response -- it may
be 24 hrs or longer, especially on weekends, before I process the request,
although the usual wait is a few hours]
[if that message is bounced back to you, try hitting
a "return" character after your name and see if that works; if that
doesn't work, contact Remsen]
• To unsubscribe:
to remove your name from the list, send message to: listserv@listserv.LSU.edu
with only the following as text:
(if that doesn't work, try hitting a return
character at the end of the text; just let Remsen know if you have any problems.)
[if that message
is bounced back to you, try hitting a "return" character after your
text and see if that works; if that doesn't work, contact Remsen.]
The only rules are: (1) be polite, (2) do not
distribute attachments to the list, because attachments are the primary vectors
for viruses, (3) in replying to a message, to keep message bulk at a minimum
please include only that part of the original message necessary for
understanding the reply (not the entire message) , and
(4) avoid sending personal messages to the entire list. The latter is a
frequent problem because the way NEOORN is set up is that a reply to a message
on NEOORN goes to everyone on the list, not just the person who sent the
message. (If you want to go to my website for the:
Hall of Fame of Most Embarrassing Personal Messages on NEOORN,
now accessible to roughly 1 billion people,
including close family, click here: Hall of Fame.) It is always
a good idea to check the headers in your email program to see where your
message is actually going. To minimize this problem, we recently made all
NEOORN messages appear with the code "[NEOORN-L]" in the subject line
-- therefore, a reply to any such message will be distributed to everyone on
• To post a message:
Send your message to NEOORN-L<at>listserv.LSU.edu,
with the topic in the subject line.
Other guidelines and rules:
*** please do not forward warnings about viruses
unless you have first checked these out -- the majority are hoaxes -- e.g.,
*** please avoid carrying on personal conversations
on NEOORN. If a message in your inbox has "[NEOORN]" in the subject
line, then a reply to it will normally go to NEOORN as a whole, not just the
person who sent the original message.
*** please use avoid sending messages that are
likely of interest to one and only one other person on the list, e.g.,
congratulations on finding a good bird.
PDF requests: over the last
few years, one of the most useful services provided by NEOORN has been
distribution of hard-to-find pdfs.
However, please make an effort to locate a pdf first before asking for
one from NEOORN. The following
ways of getting a pdf should be tried before posting a request to NEOORN:
author(s) of the paper directly by tacking down their email addresses. Researchers with their own websites
often maintain files of pdfs of their papers that can be downloaded directly
from their site.
If it is from a
North American bird journal, try SORA.
Scholar, as follows (from Laurent Raty):
copy/paste the paper
title into the search field.
- add 'filetype:pdf' (without quotes) to the search expression.
- add double quotes
around THE FIRST FEW (say, 5-10) words of the title.
The quotes help
because, without them, and unless the title includes really very specific
terms, your search will likely turn out stuff that you're not looking for.
But you should never place
a too long title entirely between quotes in a search, because Google does not
necessarily identify consecutive lines in a pdf file as being continuous text.
If you place a title that is parted over several lines in the pdf between
quotes, it's likely that you won't find the file at all.
The Peregrine Fund Research Library has an
amazing collection of reprints, from which they are willing to make pdfs for
you for no charge!
Some older literature
is available in digital form from archival sites – see NEOLIT site for
those links (at the end of the page).
Please make sure your email program is set to send
messages in Plain Text, not HTML (the "web" language often used in
internet email programs, especially hotmail.com accounts) or "rich
text" format -- if you need help with that, click here.
If I receive bounced messages for 2-3 days in a row
(usually due to ISP problems), then I will likely delete your address from
NEOORN. Don't take this personally -- I just get tired of receiving many
bounces per day. Just go ahead and resubscribe when the problem is fixed. Also,
as list manager, I get very tired of processing bounced messages from addresses
with "mailbox over quota." If your address bounces with "mailbox
full" messages for more than a day, I will likely change your subscription
to "digest" mode, i.e., you get only one composite NEOORN message per
Those who would rather have this option regardless,
see below for instructions on how to change to "digest" options.
Another frequent problem is when your postings are
rejected by the listserv (with a message that indicates that you are not
"authorized" to post messages to NEOORN-L), yet you are still
receiving NEOORN messages. This is usually because your email address has been
modified by your institution or ISP, yet messages to the old address, i.e., the
only one that NEOORN recognizes, are still automatically forwarded to the new
one. To fix this, "subscribe" with the new one, and (assuming you can
no longer send messages from the old one), ask me to delete the old one
The most frequent mistake made by people when
sending messages and commands is using "NEOORN" instead of the name
recognized by the listserv software: "NEOORN-L."
For additional information or feedback, contact
NEOORN "owner" Van Remsen <click>. Be aware that I actually
take vacations, go to meetings, etc., and so if days go by without me answering
a query, don't take it personally.
Neotropical Ornithological Society: http://www.neotropicalornithology.org
Neotropical Bird Club:
Other useful commands:
[if that message is bounced back to you, try
hitting a "return" character after your text and see if that works;
if that doesn't work, contact Remsen]
• To change addresses:
have to do is do the "signoff" routine above for the old one, and
"subscribe" with the new one.
• To set to "no mail":
are worried about exhausting your mailbox capacity, which will cause me to
delete you if the problem goes on for more than a couple of days, you can
"inactivate" yourself (and then "reactivate" upon return),
without having to signoff and then resubscribe, by sending the following
command to the listserv:
then, to reactivate: SET NEOORN-L MAIL)
• Digest format
solution to the "out-of-town" situation (or to mailbox clutter in
general), if you want to still see what has been happening, is to get only 1
message per day from the list, a "digest" with all the messages.
then, to change back: SET NEOORN-L NODIGESTS)
• To contact others on NEOORN
than send a message to all members of NEOORN to see if someone knows someone
else's email address, please first send the following command to listserv@listserv.LSU.edu :
list you receive is organized by alphabetically by ISP, unfortunately, so to
find a name, you have to use your email program's Search function or copy the
entire list into your word-processing program. you an email message with all the
names and email addresses of those currently s
is archived at LSU, but to save disk space, the oldest year's messages are
occasionally deleted. The archives may be accessed in a number of ways. First,
you may retrieve the entire index. Simply send a message to the listserv@listserv.LSU.edu with the following message:
sure that the requests are sent to the listserver, not the list.
you may actually search the archive. Let's assume that you would like to search
for all reports on icterid roosts. Send the following message to the
ICTERID ROOSTS IN NEOORN-L
will then receive a list of all messages that contain a direct
reference to icterid roosts. Once you have chosen a message
to retrieve, send another request to the listserver as follows:
people will want to use the SEARCH feature when reviewing the archives.
you have received the index, you may retrieve any message as follows. Send a
message to the listserver with the following message: