I think this is a great idea Dennis. I'm imagining that it would be nice and convenient to have these lists in one place, searchable, and easily accessible. OdonataCentral is going through a substantial programmatic improvement and it would be easy to incorporate and automatically maintain a system that would work in conjunction with the checklists already available in the new roll out of OdonataCentral. In fact it could even be expanded to the county level as well. Though the new OdonataCentral won't be ready for a while, I think we can fairly easily integrate this into the current system in the short run. I will see what we can do to have a 2007 yearbook of records ready to go by the new year.
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From: Dennis Paulson
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Subject: [Odonata-l] annual odonate surveys
Those on CalOdes, the California odonate listserve, know all about this, but I'd like to disseminate the idea.
Kathy Biggs, the Odonata Central of California, has been encouraging people in the state to get out there and find all of the species known to occur in the state each year. She keeps a running tally of species reported, and this year, for example, they have reported 103 of the 111 species known from the state. This may be the total for 2006, as the flight season rapidly shuts down. It might prompt someone to ask about the status of the 8 species not seen and why they weren't. In most cases, it will probably be because no one visited the very few places they are known to occur. Alternatively, they were sought and couldn't be found, which might be of significance.
This seems to be a great way to encourage people to get out in the field, and in addition it prompts those in the field to look for all species, common and rare, each year. By encouraging a search for every regional species, we can continue to keep track of all species in each state (or province, or country), an important monitoring tool for those that are rare or peripheral or are known to change in occurrence over time. And of course, the more time spent in the field, the more we will learn anyway.
Are there any other regions that pursue this survey strategy?
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