The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM)
The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) was formed in 1989 to increase knowledge of Virginia birds, to evaluate and to archive records of vagrants and rare nesting species in the state, and to encourage high standards of observation, recording, and reporting in the birding community. Since then, VARCOM has evaluated more than 1,250 records of rare species, unseasonal occurrences, and unusual breeding attempts.
DOVES is a fully interactive website that enables users to file reports to the Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) and to view the documentation, including photographs, of previously “Accepted” records. DOVES has been a collaborative effort with Old Dominion University Computer Science students under the guidance of former VARCOM Chairman, Bob Ake. We encourage everyone to visit the DOVES site.
For a copy of the fourth edition of Virginia’s Birdlife, an Annotated Checklist edited by Stephen C. Rottenborn and Edward S. Brinkley, send a check for $20.00 made out to "Virginia Society of Ornithology" and send to Virginia Society of Ornithology, PO Box 5994, Williamsburg, VA 23188. For more information on "The Gold Book", please visit this page dedicated to it on our website!