Date: 10/26/20 10:37 am From: Paul Budde <pbudde...> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Sad news about CUSA
And I dare say that this is the situation in many (most?) states, where actual communication has suffered because the means of communication have multiplied into different groups and subgroups using various social media and software technologies. I don’t know that there is a good solution.
From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> On Behalf Of Rick Borchelt
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 12:25 PM
Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sad news about CUSA
I think many of us who have been around in the birding community for a while remember the days when there really was only one source of timely information, and that was MD Osprey, supplemented by the Voice of the Naturalist. For whatever reason -- probably, as Gail notes, a surfeit of different electronic media options that split the community's time, skill level, and interests six ways to Sunday -- MDbirding never quite achieved that status, through no fault of the moderators. For a while, it appeared that eBird was going to take on the role, but as other social platforms expanded, even eBird usage as a universal "birder's water cooler" has declined.
This is particularly difficult for newer/younger participants in the community, who quickly recognize that there are several birding cliques (and I use the term in its least pejorative sense) that are for all intents and purposes closed groups and that they are actively excluded. Groups of birders of different skill or connection to the platform organizers have every right, of course, to set up whatever private groups they want, but it should be noted that this lends an air of exclusivity and "cool kids only" to what used to be a very open, warm, and embracing birding community.
I'd hope that everyone could redouble their efforts to please post to this listserv in addition to wherever else you're posting and, if you're on FB, to the MD Birding equivalent. We still need a common touchstone for the MD birding community. There still needs to be someplace where all of this comes together to promote the camaraderie that once was a hallmark of MD birders, especially in this time of Covid restrictions.
Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.
There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.
Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several Facebook pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a bit crazy.
Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...
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On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> > wrote:
Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹