Date: 10/30/18 9:18 am
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] On keeping notes
There is definitely value in keeping handwritten notes from a place or day. They last essentially forever if archived somewhere, you can add as much detail as you like, particularly regarding habitat and behavior, and you can always enter into eBird (or some future data-vacuum) at least some of the things that they want for their purposes.

My brief notes from Boiler Bay in the 1990s were good enough that I was able to put most of that data into eBird where it will be useful to people who use eBird as a data source.

The other big advantage of making your own notes is that you can revisit them years later and say Oh wow, I remember the great experience of that day. Or OMG I remember that hideous storm. That’s harder to do with a plain database.

Finally, the law allows you to go out and enjoy birds without taking any notes at all, should you be so inclined. I have done it myself.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

> On Oct 30, 2018, at 8:46 AM, Tom Crabtree <tc...> wrote:
> They could be imported in bulk as Craig suggested, but the regional editor would end up marking a lot of checklists as not public because of protocol issues with dates and locations.
> Tom Crabtree, Bend
> From: <obol-bounce...> <mailto:<obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...> <mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Craig Miller
> Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:17 AM
> To: <timrodenkirk...> <mailto:<timrodenkirk...>
> Cc: OBOL (<obol...> <mailto:<obol...>); <baro...> <mailto:<baro...>
> Subject: [obol] Re: Boiler Bay 10/29
> If it is already in a database, the records can be imported in large numbers at one time.
> Craig Miller
> Sent from my iPad
> On Oct 30, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> <mailto:<timrodenkirk...>> wrote:
>> I have 66,000 records on my old data base. Many records only to county (e.g. Pima County, AZ which includes multiple sites which I did not separate or try to differentiate) and some of these including multiple dates. I don’t think I could move much of this info to eBird even??
>> Tim Rodenkirk
>> Coos Bay
>> On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 11:33 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> <mailto:<baro...>> wrote:
>>> As a frequent eBird reader I'll strongly second that. I don't know if Phil has already or plans to upload all his past data, a truly formidable task, exceeded only by the difficulty and adventure of getting it in the first place.
>>> bob obrien
>>> On Monday, October 29, 2018, Phil Pickering <philliplc...> <mailto:<philliplc...>> wrote:
>>> > Things finally picking up the last 2 days after a long
>>> > dead stretch. Highlight today 12 gull sp including
>>> > Franklin's.
>>> > <>
>>> > Phil

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