Date: 3/5/18 6:29 pm
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Oregon county eBird checklist ranking
That was inspirational - thank you.

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon

On Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 9:42 AM, W. Douglas Robinson <
<w.douglas.robinson...> wrote:

> Guilty as charged. It is pretty obvious that I value contributing
> checklists more than I value chasing species around the state. I still have
> not made myself drive the 3 hours to chase the Eider in Seaside, for
> example.
> I just revised a book I wrote when I was kid that is an annotated
> checklist of the birds of southern Illinois. The update is freely available
> online as a web page and it includes a chapter on eBird. Some of you might
> be interested in it as it gives some tips about the most useful kinds of
> eBirding data contributions.
> birds-of-southern-illinois/home
> The Oregon birding community tends to do a much better job using than
> eBird than the birding community where I grew up. The chapter is an effort
> to encourage them to do better.
> For context, although the number of checklists I contribute is relatively
> high, I count birds about an hour a day, on average. So not that much
> really. I do have a day job. But getting out and seeing birds every day
> helps me remember why I work hard at my day job, so I make sure I spend
> time looking at birds. And since I am already looking and identifying, it
> is a simple matter to just count them, too.
> I encourage you all to take a few minutes each day to count birds wherever
> you are and enter the data into eBird. Get the smart phone app if you need
> to. Or find a patch that you value and take a few minutes to count there,
> then enter the data at home later.
> Resist the temptation to conclude only boring birds are present and
> therefore your count is useless. That is not the case! So many people think
> they just have normal birds around them all the time. What you are seeing
> around you today is definitely not normal in the sense that birds respond
> to landscape and habitat change and the landscapes and habitats we live in
> today are not what were here even a few decades ago. Our landscapes and
> habitats are going to change a lot in the future, too, owing to changing
> agricultural practices, suburbanization and the like. So take a few minutes
> and count some birds. When you do, we can snatch this moment in time and
> preserve it to be observed again and again in the future.
> Doug

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