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“Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee: A Review of the First 25 Years (1985–2009)” from Nebraska Bird Review (December 2010) 78(4).


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The year 2009 marked the 25th year of existence of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (NOURC). Its beginning can be traced to one person—Wayne Mollhoff. Wayne raised the need for a records committee in the spring of 1985 at the NOU Annual Meeting in Gretna, Nebraska. At the general membership meeting, then-president Gary Lingle appointed Wayne to form a committee to establish a Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Records Committee. Using procedures from several other states' records committees, Wayne developed a set of operating guidelines or by-laws specific to Nebraska. Further discussion of a records committee continued at the 1985 NOU Fall Meeting at Halsey. At this meeting, by-laws and nominees to serve on the NOU Records Committee were presented and approved by the NOU Board of Directors, thus establishing the NOURC. Wayne was selected to serve as its first chairperson.

The functions and methods of the NOURC are described in its by-laws, which are printed in this issue and can also be found on the NOU website: The Committee's purpose is to provide a procedure for documenting unusual bird sightings and to establish a list of all documented birds found in Nebraska. The "Official List of the Birds of Nebraska" was first published in 1988 (NOU Records Committee 1988) and has been updated three times (NOU Records Committee 1997, 2004, 2009) and appended nineteen times (Brogie 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; Grenon 1990, 1991; Gubanyi 1996a, 1996b, 1996c; Jorgensen 2001, 2002, 2003; Mollhoff 1989). A chronological listing of all NOURC reports published in The Nebraska Bird Review (NBR) is listed below (Appendix 1). Included in this listing are all NOURC accession numbers and NOURC members involved in the particular year of the NOURC Report.