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Discussion of eBird Gaps Postings

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, Thanks to Katy Penland for sparking a discussion of eBird gaps postings. And, thank you to those of you who contributed to the follow-up discussion. Agree
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2010
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      Hi,

      Thanks to Katy Penland for sparking a discussion of eBird gaps
      postings. And, thank you to those of you who contributed to the
      follow-up discussion.

      Agree or disagree, following is my rationale for the postings:
      * Sightings of birds rare to Kern County or better for those
      interested in rare birds
      * Sightings of birds which might be of interest to California
      county birders/listers
      * Lists of birds for those interested in Status & Distribution
      * List of birds for out-of-state birders or those who live
      outside any species range
      * Highlights at the top of email for those not interested in the
      lists which follow
      * Postings attractive to as wide an audience as possible
      * Postings with the hope, but not necessarily expectation, that
      others will post to kerncobirding as well ... to the degree that my
      postings are more proportionally balanced in number in the context of others
      * Postings of eBird gaps to those who already use eBird or who
      might wish to do so sometime in the future
      * Knowledge that if eBird gaps postings (or any other postings
      from any others) are not of interest, the DELETE button may be (and
      probably is! :) selectively used.

      Based on the above types of postings the following has taken place...
      * Several birders from out-of-state have decided to include Kern
      County in California birding visits based on being made aware of the
      what, when, and where of species of interest to them which may be of
      less interest to local birders (e.g.: White-headed Woodpecker, Hermit
      Warbler, Tricolored Blackbird)
      * Some California county birders/listers have followed-up
      directly or indirectly
      * One person related that while they do not currently use eBird,
      they are now writing down the what, why, and when of their sightings
      with accompanying increased awareness of bird status and distribution
      * More in depth knowledge of more birding locations is being
      passed on to kerncobirding subscribers.
      * Some eBirders, including me, are posting to eBird more
      conscientiously and consistently
      * Some people who have investigated eBird and decided it is
      currently NOT for them are nevertheless passing on information for
      possible follow-up by those of us who do use eBird

      BOTTOM LINE: The goal is to provide what, when, and where information
      to birders of all levels of expertise from any geographic region.
      Inclusive to the greatest degree allowable/possible. Exclusive to the
      least degree allowable/possible.

      Continued Happy & Productive Birding,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California



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