Fw: Ontbirds Content

Albert Boisvert albertbo at kos.net
Wed Mar 27 11:45:20 EST 2002


Hi,
    Unfortunately with weekly summaries everything is gone when one hears of
it. When one takes out the chat, Cardinals, Robins & Blkbrds all is fine.

    Albert Boisvert
----- Original Message -----
From: Stan Long <stan.long at sympatico.ca>
To: <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 10:53 PM
Subject: Ontbirds Content


> hi C!
>
>      If you get my drift - what's yr opine - this is a work
> in progress - the idea is to cut the superfluous - cheers
>
> Dear Mark
>
>          There is no question that rules governing "chats",
> exposure of endangered species breeding territory and the
> rules of email protocol have to be adhered to. & I suppose you
> have to monitor the expense of the service as well - though
> you have not mentioned that.
>
> A brief analysis of this last winter's sightings reveals three
> vagrant species sighted: 1 Varied thrush, 1 Lewis' woodpecker
> & 1 or 2 Townsend's solitaire but reports of rare birds were
> nil.
>
> The Smith's Longspur is not a rare bird, just hard to find,
> while winter reports of Brant, Richardson's and White-fronted
> geese are not uncommon.
>
> So what else was there to post on the OFO site and how to keep
> it going without squelching enthusiasm. Mike Street's announce-
> ment that he had heard the first spring song of a Cardinal
> brought an avalanche of emails, each with a claim to an earlier
> date. Given the winters we have, no wonder.
>
> So among the members of the OFO, there is also a social inclina-
> tion which is very reminiscent of the early Nature Clubs of a
> bygone age. I have a book on their histories.
>
> Is that inadvertant misdemeanors by members is costing the site
> too much money. If that is the case it should be voiced.
>
> But I think there should also be some room for the natural
> evolution of the system:
>
> The hotlines provide detailed information that appears on a
> more-or-less weekly basis and are funded by Ontario Regional
> Nature Clubs. I suggest that additional to these, in areas
> where a club's voice is absent, should we not be trying to
> recruit volunteer Regional reporters who could be relied upon
> to give summaries of 'sightings of the week'. Members of
> these Regions could be advised to send their reports to their
> regional Reporter whose compilations would be published on the
> OFO once weekly.
>
> Cranberry Marsh is a case in point. If Doug Lockerly were to go
> for the arrangement so far described, a more coherent or cogent
> effort might be applied to what is now a sporadic stream of
> individual sightings that perhaps are clogging the arteries of
> the OFO site. He could attribute first sightings by naming the
> finders and no one's nose would be out of joint.
>
> Obviously, if the Port Perry lagoons are opened up, the same setup
> might apply.
>
> Of course the Rare Bird alert would supercede this ...
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Take out the 2 vagrants and
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ONTBIRDS is primarily for bird sightings, not - repeat NOT - for 'chat'
> or
> discussions. Report sightings of birds seen in Ontario, or reasonably
> adjacent to Ontario.
>
> a) In addition to regular birding hotlines and their updates, report:
> rare
> vagrants, birds on the Ontario Review List, regional rarities, unusual
> numbers or species mixes, and birds out of season or in unusual
> locations.
> Use standard, full species names only - not abbreviations or slang.
>
> b) Do NOT report endangered species on a breeding territory unless all
> conditions specified in the Ontbirds Guidelines on the OFO website are
> satisfied. Go to:  http://www.ofo.ca/ontbirdsguide.htm
>
> c) Except for rarities, birds visiting feeders should not be reported.
> For
> Trips, Christmas Counts, Lake Ontario Waterfowl Counts and significant
> Birding Competitions see the instructions in the Ontbirds Guidelines on
> the
> OFO website. Go to: http://www.ofo.ca/ontbirdsguide.htm
>
> d) Non-sightings 'information' posts. First go to:
> http://www.ofo.ca/ontbirdsguide.htm
>
> To get an email copy of the Ontbirds guidelines, send an email (be sure
> to use lower case letters) to:
>
>             majordomo at hwcn.org
>
> Leave the subject or title of the email blank. In the body of the email,
> type:
>
>              info ontbirds
>
> skip a line, then type
>
>                end
>
> Send the email. You should receive the file shortly.
>
>
>
> ---
> Mark Cranford
> ONTBIRDS Coordinator
> Mississauga, Ontario
> ontbirds at ofo.ca
> Mark Cranford <ontbirds at attcanada.ca>
> Stan Long <stan.long at sympatico.ca>
>

"Albert Boisvert" <albertbo at kos.net>



More information about the ONTBIRDS mailing list