ONTBIRDS Setup

ONTBIRDS is OFO's electronic mailing listserv that notifies birders of interesting Ontario bird sightings. The Hamilton-Wentworth Community Network operates ONTBIRDS for OFO, and OFO member Mark Cranford, coordinates ONTBIRDS. Anyone interested in bird sightings in Ontario can subscribe. There are currently about 2000 subscribers. Subscribing is now web-based and easy.

NOTE: On December 14, 2010 we moved so ontbirds@hwcn.org is now birdalert@ontbirds.ca. For those that are already subscribers please check your email for details and update your address book accordingly. Also check your junk mail folder or spam settings for the new mail and add ontbirds.ca to your safe senders and/or white list.

Quick Subscribe and Unsubscribe
by emailTop

To subscribe or unsubscribe, send an email to: birdalert-request@ontbirds.ca with either subscribe or unsubscribe in the subject header. You will have to confirm any changes you make by replying to an acknowledging email. Please address your questions to the coordinator and not to the whole list.

Please don't send subscription requests to birdalert@ontbirds.ca because they will get posted to the whole list.

Subscribe OnlineTop

Online go to Ontbirds Information and Subscription Page: here

Midway down the page, subscribe by entering your email address and a password. The password that you enter should be only for ONTBIRDS.

When you fill out the subscription form, you will be given the option of receiving email from ONTBIRDS in digest format. Digest formats generates a single daily post with all of ONTBIRDS messages bunched together in a single email rather than receiving them as individual emails. You can always change your subscription options after you have subscribed.

Once you have filled out the subscription form, click the “Subscribe” button. ONTBIRDS will then send an email message to your email address asking you to confirm your subscription request. You click on the link in the email to confirm your subscription.

After successfully subscribing to ONTBIRDS, you will receive a welcome message from ONTBIRDS. This message includes ONTBIRDS Posting Guidelines. It will also include the URL that will direct you to your personal settings page as well as your ONTBIRDS password. Keep the welcome message for future reference. You will need the information contained in it if you ever want to modify your personal settings for ONTBIRDS or to unsubscribe.

By subscribing to ONTBIRDS and continuing to receive emails forwarded by ONTBIRDS you are agreeing to: 1) Abide by the guidelines and 2) Take any precautions necessary to protect your computer from receiving or transmitting viruses.

Unsubscribe OnlineTop

Go the same URL you subscribed here.

At the bottom of this page below the Subscribing to ONTBIRDS section you will see a button labelled “Unsubscribe or edit options”. Enter your email address in the box in front of this button and click the button. This will take you to your “member options” page. To unsubscribe click on the “Unsubscribe” button. You will then receive an email confirmation that you must reply to complete the Unsubscribe process.

Messages will stop immediately. Messages posted before you unsubscribe may still be received. You can use this when you are away from home to stop your mailbox getting full and then resubscribe when you get back.

Report a Bird SightingTop

Send an email containing the to . Please follow the ONTBIRDS Guidelines for report contents.

Managing Your SubscriptionTop

Go here.

At the bottom of this page below the Subscribing to ONTBIRDS section you will see a button labelled “Unsubscribe or edit options”. Enter your email address in the box in front of this button and click the button. This will take you to your “member options” page.

Once you have successfully entered your password you are at a page titled: ONTBIRDS mailing list membership configuration for xxxx (your email address)

There will you see options for your subscription. The two most relevant ones are whether you want receive your messages in daily digest (all messages together in one big message or separately. The other option allows you to suspend mail delivery until you change the option. You no longer have to unsubscribe to stop mail coming.

Obtaining Previous MessagesTop

ONTBIRDS maintains weekly archives that access individual messages from a list sorted by date author or subject header. Access ONTBIRDS archives is directly to The Birdalert Archives.

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