Date: 1/4/20 2:08 am
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Owl eBird reports
Hi Barry,
Thanks so much for your response.
Seems I have asked the wrong question.
Why are Saw-whet, and Long-eared Owls NOT considered a sensitive species
here in NJ...or any other state for that matter?
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven NJ

On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 6:17 PM Barry E. Blust <barryblust...>

> I'm not an ebird expert but I've used it a lot and read a lot about it,
> including its handling of sensitive species. There's a lot of info in
> ebird here:
> . So below is a quick answer to your question. I invite anyone who knows
> more details to please provide them.
> Long-eared Owl does not appear to be a sensitive species in ebird and
> using Explore in ebird will show recent reports. Sensitive species would
> not show this way. Below is an excerpt from that page. In the case of the
> Long-eared Owl it's up to the individual birder to exercise judgement in
> reporting the bird to minimize possible disturbance by others. I hope this
> helps.
> ====================================
> Sensitive Species listings only apply to clear cases where public
> information about a species may place that species at risk. There are other
> cases where specific observations or individuals may be best to not report
> publicly on eBird either due to restricted site access concerns or because
> the bird may be harmed in some way, even if the species isn't sensitive as
> a whole. eBirders must take it upon themselves to understand the situation
> locally and to use their best judgment, as the status of a species may
> change from place to place. For example, Long-eared Owls are particularly
> vulnerable to human disturbance in their day roosts across the Northeastern
> US, but in much of the Western US and eastern Europe this is not an issue.
> Here are a few ways to help protect sensitive records when reporting to
> eBird:
> - Wait until the season is over and the sensitive bird(s) have left
> before reporting the birds to eBird. You can go back and ‘edit’ your
> checklists later to include sensitive records after the birds have departed.
> - Do not provide explicit coordinates or directions to sensitive
> records. For instance, you may say that birds were seen at a state park,
> instead of listing the exact location therein.
> - Delay reporting observations for 8 days or more to keep these reports
> off of eBird Alerts.
> - Hide observations in eBird after you have submitted a checklist by
> selecting that option from the “Checklist Tools” dropdown menu. This keeps
> the species off the output (e.g., maps, bar charts etc.) but does not hide
> the fact that you went birding altogether (i.e., the date and location may
> show up on the Recent Checklists feed, but no one will be able to see the
> species you saw). Once the species is safe again, we always recommend
> 'unhiding' your checklist because all sightings on hidden eBird checklists
> cannot be used for scientific analysis or by fellow birders.
> Barry E. Blust
> 21 Rabbit Run Lane
> Glenmoore, PA
> Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County
> <BarryBlust...>
> "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to
> everything else in the Universe."
> -- John Muir
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:<JERSEYBI...>] On Behalf Of
> Harvey Tomlinson
> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 3:46 PM
> To: <JERSEYBI...>
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Owl eBird reports
> Hi Jersey Birders,
> Today's eBird report list's Long-eared Owl from a location with specific
> directions. I would love to hear..*.Publicly.*.. from eBird ... why theses
> reports are not hidden?
> Saw-whet, Long-eared, Boreal....Maybe I just don't "get it" !
> Good Birding,
> Harvey Tomlinson
> Del Haven, NJ
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> or e-mail to <njbrcreport...>
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