Date: 6/1/18 5:01 pm
From: 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation
Tom
The part about people deleting their eBird records/photos makes sense!
Tom

On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 3:28 PM Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [CALBIRDS] <
<CALBIRDS-noreply...> wrote:

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> Tom,
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> eBird and the CBRC are two separate entities. Submitting documentation to
> one does not mean you have submitted documentation to the other. The CBRC
> reviews records of statewide significance, and we maintain our own archives
> so that we or others are able to review that documentation at a later date
> if necessary. If we relied on eBird to archive our documentation, there is
> the possibility that a user could delete his/her photos or checklists, or
> alter the descriptions, defeating the purpose of an archive. There is no
> plan to “merge these processes” in the future.
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> Tom
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> Thomas A. Benson
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> Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
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> *From:* T.G. Miko [mailto:<tgmiko...>]
> *Sent:* Friday, June 1, 2018 3:11 PM
> *To:* Thomas Benson <TBenson...>
> *Cc:* CALBIRDS <CALBIRDS...>
> *Subject:* Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation
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> Tom et Al,
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> I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
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> If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or
> written descriptions? Is there a plan to merge these processes in the
> future?
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> Tom Miko
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> Claremont LA County
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> 909.241.3300
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> On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [CALBIRDS] <
> <CALBIRDS-noreply...> wrote:
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> California birders,
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> The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the
> following records in late June. If you have any documentation to submit for
> these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this
> request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you.
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> Tom
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> Thomas A. Benson
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> Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
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> King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan
> 2018 Sutro Baths
> SF (single observer, documentation
> complete)
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> Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar
> 2018 Corona
> RIV (single observer,
> documentation complete)
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> Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr
> 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL
> (documentation from 4 observers, add’l doc. requested)
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> Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar
> 2018 Redwood Nat’l Park DN (single
> observer, documentation complete)
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> Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan
> 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no
> documentation received, documentation requested)
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> Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar
> 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers,
> add’l doc. requested)
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> Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb
> 2018 Bolinas MRN
> (single observer, documentation complete)
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> Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018
> LA River LA (documentation from 3
> observers, add’l doc. requested)
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> Golden-winged Warbler 2018-045 22 May 2018
> Zzyzx SBE (single observer,
> documentation complete)
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> Grace’s Warbler 2018-042 5 May
> 2018 Blue Ridge
> LA (single observer, documentation
> complete)
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> What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC? Following are
> some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be
> useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation.
> Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email (
> <secretary...>) , or by using the online submission form (
> http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html).
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> Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are
> usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have
> reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible,
> please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the
> frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots
> or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit? That really
> depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily
> identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per
> person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to
> identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as
> possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc.
> Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the
> bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If
> relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted
> via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date
> and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be
> submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if
> you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
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> Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided –
> even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the
> date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained
> or vocalizations can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted
> in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is
> helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this
> description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible;
> it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate
> notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird,
> from which you can later generate a written description. The most important
> aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed,
> and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum,
> your description should include the date and location of the observation,
> and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations,
> behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how
> similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information
> you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or
> weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
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