Re: [CALBIRDS] cross-posting of rare birds
- One thing I have not seen discussed yet in this thread is that there are
many out-of-staters who subscribe to Calbirds. I am one of these. I don't
know of all the other listservs that exist in California. I subscribe to
Calbirds because I want to learn about the RARE birds that appear. If a
Red-throated Pipit has shown up in CA and has not been reported to this
listserv, then this listserv is ceasing to fulfill the purpose that caused
me to subscribe to it.
Yes, I know that many of you very fortunate CA birders bird only in your own
counties. You are very fortunate to have such an abundance of bird species
to be able to do that. Unfortunately for a midwesterner like myself, I
can't see in my entire state what many of you can see in your own county.
Now you may think that this is your state listserv and why should you care
about out-of-staters. Simple, we contribute to the economy of California
when we come there to bird. I would wager that right now, travelling
birders would be very welcome to the entire economy of the US. So please
indulge us because it is of mutual benefit.
Details on the pipit would be appreciated.
Michigan City, IN
Heart of the Indiana Dunes
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
In Steve Holzman's original message, he suggested the idea that the posts to
all of the CA birding listservs could be compiled daily and posted to a web
site. This would create a centralized repository for all CA RBA information,
without having to subscribe to all of the various local CA lists.
I think that this idea is quite worthwhile, as it would mean that birders
from anywhere could easily find out about rarities as soon as they are
posted. Of course it doesn't address the phone vs. email issue, but it would
be a move towards making statewide birding information more accessible.
I'll volunteer to create this. I'd like to hear from anyone who has
suggestions or comments on how they'd like this web page to work. For now,
I'm thinking that a simple sort by date or by list will suffice. Posts from
the various lists will be automatically added as they are received.
Feel free to post here or email me directly.
dave at sialia dot com