Date: 1/5/20 11:11 am From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Subject: WV Bird Records Committee Happenings
The calendar has now flipped once again and we are in a brand new decade! With this turning of the page, the WV Bird Records Committee begins to think about its annual proceedings. Our yearly meeting will occur at the end of February this year in Preston County, As always, we have a number of items to consider. A few of those require assistance from the WV birding community.
1.) If you are hanging on to any rare bird information, now is this the time to get that information out to us. If you are wondering what kind of information we may be looking for, the place to begin is to look at our website (graciously hosted by the Brooks Bird Club): http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/west-virginia-bird-records-committee.html. If you have seen any bird noted on our state list ( http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/uploads/5/2/8/3/52832773/2019_wv_list.pdf) as a Review Species, Hypothetical Species, or Review Subspecies, please fill out a form and send it in for our review. If you have seen a species that isn't listed at all on our state list, please do the same. May people ask about our Watch List. This is a list of uncommon birds that we may not see in the state in several years. If you have seen a Watch List species, you don't need to send us any information. If you have documented one of those Watch List birds with a photo, recording, or specimen and posted it on line, we have likely already seen those records and will note them at our meeting. If you haven't made any of those public, feel free to contact me to let me know.
2.) The Committee is now seeking nominations for service on the Committee. This year we have one scheduled slot opening up with the completion of Joe Hildreth's term on the committee. Each term is for a period of 5 years. Much of what we do and what is expected of Committee Members is detailed in our Bylaws which can be seen on our website. If you have any questions, or concerns, or ideas to improve what the WV BRC does, please feel free to contact me (or any of the current members). We would be happy to answer questions and hear from you.
You can submit nominations to any of the Committee Members, or to our Secretary, Wil Hershberger. If you have any rare bird submissions please send those to our Secretary as well. Wil Hershberger can be contacted at <wilhershberger...>
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful and bird-filled 2020, and thank you all for a great 2019.
Good birding, Derek Courtney, MD WV Bird Records Committee Chairperson