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Subject:Map of current (and future?) snowy owl reports
From:Jesse Ellis <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jesse Ellis <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:59:21 -0600

Hey WI and MN birders-

The number of Snowy Owls thus far reported in the upper midwest makes it
clear this is an invasion year for this species. To get a sense of their
distribution so far this winter I plotted all the sightings I could find on
a google map, and I thought I would share. Currently the public may add new
sightings as they occur.

A couple of major points: all of the points on this map are intentionally
plotted inexactly. The point here is to get a look at the overall
distribution in our area. Because google maps is a very different sort of
public forum than either of our listserves, I want to keep this points with
significant error for the safety of the birds. I have generally plotted the
point to the nearest population center mentioned in the posting to the
listserve. If you want to get more information on a particular sighting,
you'll need to check the appropriate listserve. If you are going to add
points to the list, please use the rule of major population center noted

Another major point! Only a small fraction of the reported individuals are
currently in eBird <>! (And at least one sighting is in
eBird <> but was not reported to the list.) Ideally, I
wouldn't have to make my own map, because everyone sighting these birds
would put their list into eBird <>. However, I can't
legitimately add someone else's sightings to eBird <>. If
you haven't tried this amazing tool for recording and viewing bird
sightings, I suggest you give it a shot. You can now even include links to
photos if you want to support an ID or simply make your list look snazzy.,-92.021484&spn=10.164185,23.269043

Please keep posting your general sightings to the lists, with as little or
as much detail as you see fit, and keep an eye out for these magnificent

Jesse Ellis
Madison, WI


Jesse Ellis
Post-doctoral Researcher
Dept. of Zoology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Dane Co, WI

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