[Tweeters] reporting sensitive/rare species, especially raptors ?

Barbara Deihl barbdeihl at comcast.net
Tue Jan 19 18:15:20 PST 2016

I'm wondering if it wouldn't be helpful (to the birds and rural inhabitants finding themselves near to an exciting bird species) to start cutting back a bit on publicizing sightings and giving exact locations on the list-servs. Some of you have already been doing some of this. We can do this in several different ways - for example: 1. just show a photo or give out a small carrot of information, and suggest that, if a person is interested in acquiring more information, that they could contact the person who saw the bird(s), offlist - that at least could slow down the flood of eager beavers (birders, photographers and other nature lovers) to an area; 2. just report general info on eBird, but not location - of course, for this to work, eBird would need to provide email addresses of some of the many folks who often report the same bird(s), perhaps ones who don't mind being contacted - also, this would necessitate some changes in the eBird software and protocol; and 3. only communicate with your closest layer of interested bird people and set up sort of an e-tree or phone tree, so you could split up the sharings. Basically again slow down the dissemination by doing more one-to-one or one-to-a-few instead of the broad blanketing that many have come to expect these days, more and more frequently resulting in conflicts, bad feelings and not-so legal or applaudable behaviors.

"Slow down, you're moving too fast - got to make the species last... "

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
barbdeihl at comcast.net

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