Date: 1/5/19 8:25 pm From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not, does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?
While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.” BANNED.
He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should the expression be banned?)
Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby re-igniting this discussion.
I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make an incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was not a political post in any way, in my opinion.
Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw. The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day, for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
Good Birding all,
Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)
From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Susan Schaezler
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical
Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them or not!
On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> wrote:
Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political reasons. Roger
Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules
My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
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