Terms of reference
The Hellenic Rarities Committee was established in December of 2004 by the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the Hellenic Bird Ringing Centre, but since then it operates independently.
The basic aims of the HRC are to monitor, record and evaluate all the observations concerning:
Among the committee’s framework are:
The initial list of the Committee was based on G.Handrinos and T.Akriotis’ book "The Birds of Greece", Helm, 1997, and includes 422 species that have been recorded in Greece until 31/12/1995.
The Committee is comprised of seven coequal members. Every member’s term is initially five years, but there’s no obligation if a member wants to withdraw for any reason. In case of withdrawal, the Committee decides for every new member that will join it.
It may also, if it is desired, to increase in the future the total number of members, as long as it judges that this increase will lead to more efficient operation. The Committee keeps a number of contributors that provide constant support in its activities or act as advisors in specialized sections. With the existing sevenfold composition, a quorum is set when at least four members are present.
The Committee may ask the opinion of an expert (Greek or foreign), in case it is essential for the evaluation of an observation.
Any registration form initially rejected, may be revaluated only upon the presentation of new facts, provided by a new applicant, which will facilitate its evaluation.
The forms may look like a report composed by the observer; otherwise registration forms of the HRC must be submitted. The applicant must:
The Committee’s resolutions, acceptance or rejection of observations, are publicized through HRC’s and HOS’s printed and electronic media, first to the applicants and then to any other concerned.
Furthermore, in the end of each year the yearly report of HRC is published, including every resolution, acceptance or rejection, the update of the Greek bird list, and any other activity performed by HRC.
The Committee’s archive is stored temporarily in the Athens’ office of HOS and it is confidential, which means that there’s no free access. However, it can be put to the disposal of anyone concerned after authorization from the Committee, and under no other circumstance.
Communication with the Committee is through the following address: P.O. Box 3994, 102 10, Athens with the following note: the receiver should be the Hellenic Ornithological Society (which owns the P.O. Box), with the footnote "for the Hellenic Rarities Committee". There are also two e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
George Handrinos, Chairman
Nikos Probonas, Secretary
Kostas Papaconstantinou, Member
Michalis Dretakis, Member
Theodoros Kominos, Member
Apostolis Christopoulos, Member
Maria Dimaki, Member
Contributors of the Committee are: Triantafyllos Akriotis, Yiannis Tsougrakis, Didier Vangeluwe, Chris Vlachos, Eleni Galinou, Paschalis Dougalis, Takis Latsoudis, Eleni Makrygianni, Νikos Petrou, Clairie Papazoglou, Dimitris Bertzeletos and Nikos Samaritakis.