[CT Birds] Regarding: On This Date
dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Jun 7 16:38:54 EDT 2010
When I started “On This Date” I considered it an interesting little
exercise with some educational value. But as the months passed, it
became boring at times and frustrating at others. Each record was
presented in isolate. The only thing they had in common was date. The
only context for the records was what the reader brought to it.
There are two ways to look at bird records, they can be a collection
of individual records or examples of a larger pattern. Science is the
process of finding patterns that connect. The more samples (records)
one obtains the more clear patterns become. This is the main point
for keeping records as individuals and collectively as a community.
The Connecticut Bird Record Archives has roughly 45,000 records,
older than 2000. I figure about 100,000 records are needed to really
get a handle on patterns over time.
In the meantime I decided to break each month into thirds which would
allow for clustering of records and perhaps expose some of the more
obvious patterns and provide a more objective context. The format I
present the records in is quite fluid, since I am making this up as I
go along. Right now we are in the breeding season. So, for some
species that are infrequently reported as nest I have enumerated the
towns thinking someone might be interested enough to go looking for
them. It should also be an opportunity to provide historical context.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
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