Date: 1/11/18 4:51 pm
From: Mike Patterson <celata...>
Subject: [obol] ebird throws out the baby with the bath water...
If you go looking for Gyrfalcon records on eBird, you will discover
that they have all been masked. You can no longer get any info other
than very approximate locations when using the find a species tool.

I will start by saying that I understand about releasing locations of
sensitive species. I understand that by masking a location, ebird
protects sensitive species and themselves. I fully understand,
appreciate and support the larger effort in this.

But...

Why protect a record from last year? Why hide the date? Why disappear
a list for a bird that left the place it was seen 2 decades ago?

This is what one gets, if one goes to my report of a Gyrfalcon from 1999
http://ebird.org/ebird/pnw/view/checklist/S41827855

Orwellian isn't it?

I'm pretty sure that a clever programmer would be able to protect
dates and locations for sensitive species without making it look like
nothing was ever there...

Here's what one sees at iNaturalist
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9443517

So I'm pretty sure there's a middle ground solution to this issue...

--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
That question...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3294
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