I think, sadly, I'm going to have to be removed from "obol because my mail is full of pages of bird sightings. It's a good thing, but I just can't spend the time reading all of them.
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From: "ellie armstrong" <elliearmstrong...>
To: "<obol...>" <obol...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 04, 2018, 02:55 PM
Subject: [obol] eBird Northwest in 2017
eBird Northwest, our regional portal for eBird, had many great articles in 2017 on subjects of interest to Northwest birders, like:
Grassland Birds in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Dec 11)
Using eBird as a Land Trust Stewardship Tool (Sept 19)
A note by Ryan Merrill on finding the Swallow-tailed Gull (Sep 7)
Black Tern decline (Aug 8)
The evolution of nests (July 13)
White-breasted Nuthatches in the Northwest (Jun 8)
Klamath raptors (Jun 3)
Sandhill Cranes in WA (May 25)
Seattle is an Urban Bird Treaty City (May 22)
Using eBird data to help evaluate and develop Protected Areas in the Northwest (May 8)
Citizen Science in southern Oregon (Mar 20)
Analysis of the large Red Phalarope incursion in late fall 2016 (Mar 20)
If you are not looking at eBird NW regularly, you are missing an opportunity to learn more about birds, eBirding and conservation in the Northwest, and ways to help become a better birder. The eBird NW home page also includes a feed for recent rarity photos from OR and WA, and a link to resources for NW Birders. That section “About this Project” on the right hand side of the home page includes links for “About eBird Northwest”, “References for eBirders” and “Citizen Science Projects”. The references link accesses all of the identification notes that have been posted on eBird NW to date, with treatment of problems that vex NW birders such as flicker races (is it a Yellow-shafted or an intergrade?), crows (what the heck is a Northwestern Crow?), nuthatches (how can I tell a Slender-billed from and Interior White-breasted Nuthatch?). The citizen science link provides information on how to participate in citizen science projects in the Northwest, in addition to eBird.
To get to eBird NW, either go directly to http://ebird.org/content/nw/, or from the eBird home page, click on the Portals link and scroll down to eBird Northwest. And, make sure you set eBird NW as your portal on settings for you eBird App. The eBird NW team is looking forward to a very birdy 2018, and we are eager to hear your thoughts on what else could be included to make eBird NW even more valuable to you. Contact us: Ellie Armstrong at <eea...> or Bill Tweit at <William.tweit...>
Let 2018 be the year to step up your eBird use. If you have enjoyed tapping into eBird reports from others, set a goal to start contributing your own sightings in 2018.