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Highlights from the week's bird blogging on migration forecasts, packing gear, Ring-billed Gull variation, airport birding, and forays into new areas. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at ABA Blog
It is exciting to see yet another young PA birder recognized! It is also very cool that conservation is an important part of the competition. Good birding Eric, I hope to run into you sometime in the field.
Wow, that is too funny. Blame it on my phone running a beta version of the iPhone software, it makes some apps do weird things. Thanks for pointing it out and you'll notice that it is now fixed and showing an actual Cerulean Warbler!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2013 on The evolution of county listing at ABA Blog
Yeah, I was severely out of the birding loop as a child :) I had no idea people my age birded much less that there was an organization for birders.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2013 on The evolution of county listing at ABA Blog
I am not much of a 'threat' to your standing Deb since I now have a new home state to explore, but I do want to thank you for inspiring me to go for 5,000. It was a fun number to work towards and being right behind you was good for some friendly competitive inspiration.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2013 on The evolution of county listing at ABA Blog
Inveterate county lister Drew Weber attempts to explain the rise of this phenomenon from sea to shining sea. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at ABA Blog
I would like to one day have eBird tell me which 365 day period in my life I have seen the most species in. That would be a fun number for a Top 100 list.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2013 on Double the Pleasure at ABA Blog
Well, maybe I wouldn't be able to conclusively narrow it down that far...I would have to take the banding site into account.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2013 on Trust and Obey at ABA Blog
Drew Weber takes a look at the incredible pace of technology for, and appropriated by, birders. What tech-birding advancements are you looking forward to? Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at ABA Blog
There are various reasons for not accepting records. Displaying submissions that were determined to be incorrect identifications doesn't add anything positive to the database, but a bird not accepted due to provenance questions definitely deserves to be public. Submissions determined to be insufficient for confident ID should also be public, because these are 'probable sightings' on some level and can add something to our understanding of that species distribution or vagrancy.
This is not always true. In Pennsylvania the committee does choose its own replacements but a wide range of folks from across the state are represented. We only serve for 3 years so there is a fair amount of turnover and limited opportunity to become entrenched in old ideas. We also tend to have a fair number of younger birders (including college aged birders) so we tend to have a balance of ideas on different ID issues.
Without voting on records, it seems like you are leaving it up to each individual birder to decide whether or not a species has been recorded in that area. Sounds good, but most birders (maybe all of them) do not have the time to sit down and review every record for themselves.
"How hard is it in 2012 to thank a submitter via email, let him/her know the outcome, circulate records via email, and conduct votes via email or telephone conference call?" Not hard at all, Pennsylvania switched over to doing everything online this year, a combination of Google Docs and Wordpress that have both sped up voting and made it a lot easier. It just takes someone with initiative within the records committee.
I have already started the process of making some of these changes with the Pennsylvania records committee ( Plans are a searchable database with links to all the documentation provided for that record. As I am starting to go through this, I am thinking that it might not actually be appropriate to put ALL records online and available to the general public. On occasion, we end up with reports where there 'exists a majority of evidence in favor of an identification other than what was submitted.' I think posting these could be embarrassing to the submitters and would result in less folks submitting their records if they know a rejection will be forever viewable to the public. On the other hand, it may be a compelling reason to really document something well....
I for one am thrilled to have a more intuitive interface. I almost never used precisely because of all the scrolling I had to do to read through a conversation. A list of links at the top of the page for each infuriating :) It is much easier to press the back button than scroll the whole way to the top each time I want to get to a different email. I really love what you guys have done! I do have one suggestion, on, there should be a much more prominent explanation for what is happening, especially on each listserv page. And maybe an explanation that the pages are just email aggregators. I know there was a lot of confusion about why the ABA messed with the listservs, and I think a simple explanation might help some folks understand.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2012 on ABA Debuts Birding News! at ABA Blog
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