8329News from the CBRC
- Feb 4, 2010California Birders,
The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at H. T.
Harvey and Associates in San Jose on 8-9 January 2010. The meeting was
chaired by Paul Lehman, CBRC Chairman, and Guy McCaskie, CBRC Secretary.
Three members (Kristie Nelson, Jim Pike, and Peter Pyle) rotated off the
Committee after having completed their three year terms. Elected to
take their places were Dave Compton, Kimball Garrett and Oscar Johnson.
The Committee particularly welcomes Oscar, who is serving his first
There were two changes to the Review List: Elf Owl (Micrathene
whitneyi) was added to the list; the Committee will review all records
from 2010 onwards, as well as records from a yet-to-be-determined period
prior to this year. American Golden-Plover was removed from the list;
this species was reviewed during the period 2004-2009 because of
concerns about its increasing rarity in the state and ongoing
identification issues between it and the slightly more numerous Pacific
Golden-Plover, but enough records were accepted during that review
period to warrant removal from the list.
The CBRC web site continues to be updated:
In particular, we point out that all CBRC-reviewed records are now
listed in the database query, not just the ones since the cutoff date
for records in the 2007 CBRC book "Rare Birds of California." There is a
new feature (many thanks to Joe Morlan and his son Jeff) that allows
users to click on an accepted record and get a list of the observers and
an annotation as to who submitted photographs.
We hope to post occasional news items through the course of the year,
and invite birders in California to communicate freely and frequently
with members of the CBRC.
CBRC Member and Internet Liaison
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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