Date: 2/13/20 10:12 am
From: Matt Brady <podoces...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Filter adjustment – GBBC
Hello all. Every third weekend in February Cornell Lab of Ornithology
sponsors the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), an event aimed at getting
non-birders to report birds from their backyard and enter those sightings
as citizen science. Unfortunately, those records end up in eBird, which in
the past has caused massive problems with erroneous data. In order to test
how big of a problem this could be in Louisiana, I have severely restricted
the East Baton Rouge Parish filter limits for quite a few species for the
coming weekend. The event lasts five days (Feb 14–18), so the filters will
look really weird this weekend. If you are birding in East Baton Rouge
Parish, please just be aware of this, and if your sightings are flagged
just write something like "expected" or "not unusual" for things that truly
are expected. if you do see something that is unusual, such as the
MacGillivray's Warbler, enter the normal documentation. Filters will return
to normal February 19th.

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Matt Brady
Baton Rouge.
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