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Subject:Re: Inquiry (no sightings)
From:Brian Wisconsin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Brian Wisconsin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:33:08 -0500

Could not agree more.  It's a shame that not everyone is using eBird.  It is an awesome tool that is made better by the addition of more data. I've no idea why everyone doesn't use it other than the suspicion that the birding community does not seem very welcoming of and is very slow in adopting new techology. Brian
 > Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:19:02 -0500
> From: cfagyal@AVIANPHOTOS.ORG
> Subject: Re: [mou-net] Inquiry (no sightings)
> I'd actually be inclined to believe most Mou members don't use ebird.  For example,  I haven't lived in Minnesota since Oct of 2009, but I'm still number three for lifetime ebird list in Minnesota with only 311.  If one looks at the moumn listing page there are well over 150 people on the 300 club.  It pains me to see so many people not utilizing such an awesome resource.  It makes things easier for the listers (especially county listers) and it helps to grow the understanding of Minnesota's birds.  With the various cool new iOS and android apps, submitting checklists can even be done in the field while birding! 
> Ebird provides excellent tools for looking at distribution bar graphs by state, county or even location so one can see which birds are most likely at a given time of year.  A great tool for looking at species arrivals during migration to know what is expected to be showing up.  I use them all the time to try to understand arrival dates in Kansas as I continue to learn here in my new home.
> It's also very easy to import sightings from things like avisys or birders diary.  If anyone would like help doing so I'd gladly offer some assistance.  It only took me a few days to take sightings from five countries and ten years worth of data when I did so last year when Ebird went global.  I haven't even used my listing software since because ebird does what I want so well.
> Cheers,
> Chris Fagyal
> Jonathon Jongsma <jonathon@QUOTIDIAN.ORG> wrote:
> >On Mon, 2012-04-02 at 09:17 -0500, linda whyte wrote:
> >> too. Finally, I suspect that many MOU folks are e-bird users and figure
> >> that's all they need do to share.
> >
> >This is certainly possible (I admit that I feel this way sometimes), but
> >it doesn't really explain the difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota
> >mailing lists.  Wisconsin birders submit *far* more ebird reports than
> >Minnesota birders do, and yet apparently their mailing list is also more
> >active.
> >
> >And since I'm writing anyway, I saw a Vesper Sparrow and 2 Yellow-rumped
> >Warblers at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis this morning.
> >
> >Jonathon
> >
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