Date: 10/30/20 9:24 am From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> Subject: [obol] Re: A few more eBird comments
Wow- you think CBC data is just a black hole? Interesting...
Tim Rodenkirk Coos Bay
On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 4:52 AM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
> The Tangent CBC is an OSU thing, typically the very first day of count > period as students are dispersing rapidly after finals week. Doug Robinson > is Professor of Watchable Wildlife in the Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife. A > combination of faculty, graduates and undergraduates , typically 15 people > total, cover"the Poachers' Paradise". The year l participated it recorded > 121 species while Corvallis, a circle that comes w/in 100m of Tanget > circle, the next day recorded 119 with over 30 observers. Tangent is a > professional count. You've never heard of it because it overlaps the Airlie > circle at Talking Waters Gardens in Albany and Joe Geier..... > The whole thing is eBirded so the data is not going into a black > hole. One of Doug's doctoral students now > Works for eBird at Cornell. Tyler Hallman did a doctoral on eBird data. He > analyzed all reports from Benton and Polk Counties. 90 % of it is worthless > as data. I operate under Tyler's spec's not Cornell's. That's where l come > up with the 15 minute / new location--new list protocol. If l'm going to > the trouble of making an eBird list l want it to be useful to some nerd in > Tasmania 50 years from now: Minimum 3 minutes, maximum 15. Count all > species( none of this"x" horseshit) and NEVER use hotspots. Always base the > list on its real gps coordinates. > 95% of my birding is not on eBird and l never write lists on paper > anymore. There is no demand that one use eBird in exactly such and such a > way. But l think it's sad, outright tragic even, that most peoples' life > field notes end up in a shoe box in a used book store, or more likely the > recycling bin or a trash fire. They do, don't they? Maybe 95% of the time? > You have made copious coverage of a biologically fascinating part of > the world that is sufficiently remote from the metropole that it inevitable > received short shrift before. I have no desire to spoil your fun, just > solidify and magnify your contribution to posterity. > There is a fabulous kack on the sunny southern slopes of the > Yaquina Bluffs. It starts at the base of the Yaquina North Jetty and winds > east continuously to Embarcadero. Maybe three km long, reminiscent of the > spot in North Bend where you have found Nadhville and Black-throated Gray > in past winters. I'd love it if you wanted to count it this Dec 27. Last > year's Orchard Oriole and Prairie Warbler were associated with this complex > in October. > > > > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone >