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Updated BIRDS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA now on-line!

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  • Barbara Carlson
    A draft revision of the book THE BIRDS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA by Paul Lehman is now available on-line at: https://sites.google.com/site/bosbc2012/
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2012
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      A draft revision of the book THE BIRDS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY,
      CALIFORNIA by Paul Lehman is now available on-line at:

      https://sites.google.com/site/bosbc2012/

      It is updated with information available through February 2012. For
      many years Paul has wanted to update his 1994 manuscript—a lot
      happens in the bird world over almost two decades! So, he began
      updating the book in 2010. Two years later, here are the revisions to
      all the species accounts, as well as to the introductory chapters
      dealing with Habitats and Methods. The other chapters in the 1994 book
      —dealing with Topography and Climate, Ornithological History, Bird
      Migration and the Seasons, and Changes in Habitats and Bird
      Populations in Santa Barbara County—have yet to be updated and so are
      not yet included.

      The species accounts are all ‘current’ through Winter 2011-2012. Paul
      has attempted to not only incorporate the many individual records of
      interest made since April 1994, but also to update general status and
      distribution information for most species, as well as to discuss
      important historical and recent population trends. But this is still
      very much a ‘work in progress.’ Every time he re-reads several
      accounts, he still finds things to tweak. There are many holes
      remaining to be filled. More detail on the changing status for some
      species is still needed. More information on other species is
      warranted. The 'flow' of some accounts since being updated could be a
      bit more 'seamless.' He'll continue to add past records of interest as
      they come to his attention, and he will add future records as each
      future county seasonal report is compiled.

      Input from the birding public is eagerly sought. If you have
      corrections or other information that would be valuable to include in
      any of the species accounts, please submit it, preferably labelled
      "BOSBC", to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbcobirding . But recent
      records from the current 'season' should be sent to county compiler
      Dave Compton (davcompton@...). We will consider these data
      for all future updates. This electronic publication can be modified
      easily, and the plans are to do so on a regular basis.

      The book is presented as a series of both pdf and Word files. At the
      end, there is also one large pdf of the entire manuscript. The pdf
      versions include line numbering, which should be used for ease in
      making comments. Depending on your computer, the Word files may or may
      not show the same line numbering.

      Feel free to comment privately to Paul as well, but we encourage
      suggested changes to be posted publicly on the sbcobirding site, so
      that we can all share in this potential new information.

      --PAUL LEHMAN (lehman.paul@...)
      30 April 2012


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