This winter's Great Backyard Bird Count will take
place Feb. 13 - 16, 2004.
This year's feature will be Bird-friendly Families and
Backyards with a link to our new Audubon At Home
Audubon is looking to engage local editors to work
with GBBC participants at the state level. These
regional bird experts are able to advise people about
confusing species and validate or invalidate rare bird
reports more accurately, quickly, and effectively than
can staff in the Science Office in Pennsylvania. This
role would also offer editors an opportunity to
connect with and engage birders - from the total
beginner to the expert - in his or her region.
In the past, two staff have handled the entire
country, but now, 35 editors around the U.S. have
signed on (though none yet from California!).
This task will not require a large time commitment if
undertaken at the state level, and to help, we have
developed an editing tool which allows editors to see
unusual reports, validate or invalidate each, and
contact participants when desirable.
If you are interested or would like to see any of
these materials, please let me know, and I'll pass the
word on to our Science Office.
(626) 564-1300 x. 304
dcooper AT audubon.org
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