Date: 2/4/19 7:29 am
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] The value of COBIRDS
A while back we had a thread on this listserv about whether COBIRDS should continue, the various merits of different social media platforms and alerts, etc. This morning so far seems like a great example of why COBIRDS should be the premier site for Colorado birding information. We have had back-and-forth, very detailed, exchange on listing rules; an up-to-date rare bird alert; and wonderful discussion supplemented with photos, video and follow-up from another birder of very interesting raven behavior. Can't get all that anywhere else.

There are two things I wanted to add to the thread last year but refrained at the time: 1) if any one of us knows any thing about a bird because someone else told us, that is a PRIVILEGE, not a right (including whether you hear it instantaneously or a month later than the new information was learned by the other person), and 2) the absolute best part of birding is the SENSE OF DISCOVERY which is at risk of extinction from too much detailed intel. To my way of thinking, finding a rare bird by following a treasure map is equal in thrill, and in many cases less so, than finding a good bird on your own or seeing a common bird doing something you've never observed before. May we experience and respectfully share all of these categories, and many others, on COBIRDS.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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