Date: 4/30/18 8:58 am From: Peele, Ashley via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
Hi Folks, just some quick clarification on a recent VABBA2 article. The misuse of ‘thru-hike’ in the recent article about Diana Doyle was simply an oversight on my part, combined with a different use of the term ‘thru-hike’ by our contributor. In the beginning of the article, he explicitly described Diana Doyle’s hike in the context of ‘thru-hiking’ the Virginia section of the AT, not the entire trail. However, I understand that this term carries different connotations than those implied in the story. For that reason, we’ve corrected the terminology throughout the article.
However! I hope everyone can appreciate that our primary intent was to celebrate the fact that Diana managed to contribute a tremendous volume of breeding bird data for the Atlas project in one summer, b/c she went out of her way to bird throughout a long and strenuous backpacking trip. Little birding data is generated along most of VA’s Appalachian Trail, despite its passing through many important habitats/regions of the state. We really appreciate volunteers, like Diana, who go out of their way to combine summer adventures with field data collection, so a big thanks to her and to all our volunteers who are working to help generate data in the more remote parts of the state.