Date: 3/14/19 11:32 am From: Kelly Jennings <tulsakelly...> Subject: Re: New Birder welcome
Thanks to Mia Revels at NSUOK and Joe Grzybowski for commenting about work on the GBBC count. Yes, you never know who you might be encouraging to become a birder.
One such person was my late husband Bob Jennings who became Director of Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa for many years. He started college in Kansas City working on an English degree and graduated with a masters in biology thanks to Dr. Dick Myers. Myers believed you learned biology outside rather than inside a classroom! He led students to southern MO caving and birding in Big Bend TX. When Bob graduated, Myers recommended him for a new project the Kansas City Park Dept was starting which became Outdoor Education at their Lakeside Nature Center. We moved to Tulsa in 1978 for Bob to start similar programs at Oxley. So keep teaching those young people —they ARE the future!! whether they teach in a classroom, lead walks at centers or just enjoy/protect the birds and wildlife in their backyards.
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> On Mar 4, 2019, at 12:00 AM, OKBIRDS automatic digest system <LISTSERV...> wrote:
> There is 1 message totaling 240 lines in this issue.
> Topics of the day:
> 1. Ebird rare bird alert
> Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2019 15:20:29 -0600
> From: Mia Revels <revels...>
> Subject: Re: Ebird rare bird alert
> Thanks for the plug, Joe.
> I did require my ornithology students to submit a GBBC report every day of
> the count. I spent an entire lecture talking about what it was, why it was
> important, how to conduct their counts, and how to submit them. I
> encouraged them not to report any species that they were not entirely
> certain of, and why. They were only required to do 30 minutes per day, and
> they are all beginners, so their lists were not long. I like to get them
> involved though, so I was happy to see your post on Ok-birds encouraging
> people to be tolerant. We need to nurture our beginning birders.
> Have a great day!
> On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 3:04 PM JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski...>
>> Think this is the beginning of the Great Backyard Bird Count, which has
>> been blended into eBird.
>> These observations are entered into eBird as are other entries, but under
>> a GBBC tag. The overall intent of this (sub) project is to inspire and
>> encourage interest in birds--a form of outreach, and use a window of time
>> to assemble trend data on the status and distribution of birds broadly.
>> At the same time, many contributors are new to this reporting, may
>> participate only at the times of the GBBC; so there will be individuals
>> that need some help in various dimensions of this participation. Help also
>> includes review, which falls under the same (or similar) guidance and
>> oversight of other eBird submissions.
>> So stay positive and understanding. Who knows. Some young participants
>> may be starting on the path of becoming the next Tim O'Connells, Mia Revels
>> or Sandy Bergers.
>> CHEERS, JOE Grzybowski
>> On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:46:43 PM CST, Sandy Berger <
>> <sndbrgr...> wrote:
>> Sounds good. What a mess. Bad locations and incorrect bird. Kudos for
>> trying though.
>> On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 1:43 PM Zach DuFran <zdufran...> wrote:
>> Regarding the location:
>> The google map location of the checklist is a commercial building in
>> Sallisaw. My guess is that the person who entered the observation lives in
>> Fort Smith and commutes to Sallisaw. They observed a bird in their yard (we
>> don't know what bird) and then when they got to work they decided to log
>> the sighting on the eBird app on their phone. They created a new personal
>> location, which uses your current location. They changed the name to the
>> correct description of where they saw the bird, but didn't actually move
>> the pin in the map.
>> Zach DuFran
>> Norman, OK
>> On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 12:39 PM Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:
>> Hmmm. Well, the info put into ebird makes it very unclear as to where the
>> birds are. Thanks Bob.
>> On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 12:22 PM Bob and Nancy <blnllaval...>
>> Sandy, it may be possible to have a FS address and some rural delivery in
>> Sequoyah, Co. Rural mail routes are very strange as are election precincts.
>> Bob LaVal
>> Leflore Co. OK
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