Date: 12/17/18 12:05 pm From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...> Subject: [obol] Siletz Bay NWR - eBird Hotspots
A few months ago, eBird rolled out an "Explore U.S. National Wildlife Refuge" tool. https://ebird.org/explore They used the USFWS ownership layer to combine data from hotspots AND personal checklists to produce this data summary tool. In some cases, hotspots intended to capture refuge data were located just outside of established boundaries and were not captured by the tool. We are working to fix that. This also presented an opportunity to re-evaluate some refuge hotspots.
Working with Jack Hurt, eBird, and refuge staff we have created 3 additional eBird hotspots for data collected on the Siletz Bay NWR. These additional hotspots will help us evaluate visitor use and bird activity with increased detail. To see where these hotspots are just click the links below and then click "Get Directions".
2) The Refuge can be birded from several pullouts on Immonen Rd, and can be birded safely by foot or car along Milport Slough Rd up to the Slough bridge. Use the hotspot called Siletz Bay NWR--Milport Slough Rd. https://ebird.org/hotspot/L8249367
3) There are several Refuge units visible from Hwy101, but pull outs are minimal. The Refuge can also be viewed by walking along Drift Creek Rd off Hwy101. For this area use the hotspot called Siletz Bay--Hwy 101. https://ebird.org/hotspot/L8249365
Do you have personal checklists that you know better fall into one of these hotspots? You can move your checklist to the appropriate hotspot by using edit my location on your checklists. If your checklist encompasses more than one of these new hotspots continue to use the generic Siletz Bay NWR hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L159599
As these are new hotspots you have a great opportunity for your photos to be featured on the "Illustrated Checklist" tab on the hotspot details page. ;-)
If you have any questions you can email me directly. Thanks and Good Birding!
The attached screenshots may help to determine which areas are covered by which hotspots. The refuge boundaries are in blue.