Date: 12/6/17 2:35 pm From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: [MDBirding] C & O Count: Can it be revived?
I think the best chance for success long term is if another organization will agree to sponsor it. At the moment, I and two others are working to identify such an organization. Our thinking is that they might be persuaded if the workload can be shared with MOS in general or, if not, then with the three MOS chapters - MONT, FRED, WASH with an assist possibly from PVAS of WVA - with actual C & O towpath mileage. The chapters would at the very least need to agree to be the parties responsible for entering count data into eBird for those counters unable to do so. It may also be necessary for the chapters to accept the role of assigning counters to towpath miles with the sponsoring organization primarily tasked with drafting, organizing, distributing, and, finally, compiling eBird mile-sharing e-documents as used in prior counts. Since there are so many miles in Washington County, it might be best for the three chapters to divvy up the towpath into 60 mile increments. Speaking unofficially for the Washington County Bird Club, I would be prepared to tackle these chores alone, if necessary, for the WashCo portion.
Shown below is an estimate of effort by Liz Pomper of DC Audubon [DCAS] based on her recollections from a prior count: ********************************* Writing and Sending Initial Announcement/Securing *Permit...1-2 people- approx 3-4 hours total Responding to Mile Requests & Assigning Miles...1 person - approx 2-3 hours/week until count; DCAS rotated weeks among volunteers Updating/sending instructions & sharing miles to participants through eBird...1 person - 4 hours Follow-up with participants to remind them to submit data...1 person - 1 hour Data entry...4 people - 3 hours each (12 total) - Best to find a half day to meet together Summarize data & send report to participants...1 person - 2 hours The two most time consuming components are responding to folks as they request miles, and then entering the data into eBird. ********************************* Liz has also offered to spend the time [appx 2 hours] to train/explain the process used by DCAS in prior years, as well as transfer needed files.
Posting to MD/DC Birding Google Group seemed the most efficient way to get the word out . Perhaps someone can repost to the Facebook portion of MD/DC Birding to inform those who more often use that vehicle as I don't Facebook.
If anyone knows the emails of the officers of the MONT/FRED MOS chapters, please forward to them. They can respond to the Group, or to me off list.
This count is part and parcel of the Mid-Winter count, so would have a date after mid-JAN to the first weekend in FEB, which offers adequate time for it to come together.
Jim Speicher BroadRun/Burkittsville area [FR] Frederick County MD M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
*Leigh Zahm of NPS in a recent email indicated that a permit would not be necessary for an activity I described to her as follows: This bird survey activity would take place along the entire length of the canal by small groups [1 to 4] of individuals who would be surveying up to 10 miles each on a day yet to be selected but most likely mid-Jan 2018.
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