The East African Rarities Committee assesses records of new or little recorded birds occurring in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. This includes up to the fifth record of any species from each of the five countries.
Sightings of species for which there are fewer than five records for a country should be submitted to the EARC Secretary: Nigel Hunter, P.O. Box 24803, Karen 00502, Nairobi, Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The EARC undertakes its work through a Committee. The Committee comprises a Chairman and up to 11 members but with a minimum of 9, each of whom will have a vote.
The composition of the Committee endeavours to reflect the following characteristics:
Knowledge and experience of the resident birds occurring in the region.
Knowledge and experience of the migrants visiting the region.
Particular expertise in regard to any of the five countries, with an appropriate balance of members reflecting this country specific emphasis.
A willingness to participate, remain active and wherever possible to meet deadlines.
The Committee is supported by a non-voting Secretary. It is the Secretary’s responsibility to:
Be the focal point for the submission of records
Check the submissions are compliant with EARC protocol
Forward the records to the Committee for consideration in a systematic manner
Provide the outcome of the Committee’s deliberations to all members
Inform the Observer of the outcome
Facilitate the provision of regular EARC Reports in ‘Scopus’