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Subject:Re: 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 23:08:03 -0600

Hey all-

Sounds like a few people are having trouble with the long maps link. Try
this tiny one:

** <>

Thanks for the feedback so far!


On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM, Jesse Ellis <> wrote:

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

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

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