[CT Birds] Regarding: On This Date

martin swanhall mswanhall at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 7 16:52:24 EDT 2010

Hi Dennis:

I say - keep up the interesting work.  My students know that I have many ties I wear and it is their 'job' to figure the pattern.  Way to go!


-----Original Message-----
>From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
>Sent: Jun 7, 2010 4:38 PM
>To: Posting Bird List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>Subject: [CT Birds] Regarding: On This Date
>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.
>Dennis Varza
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