[CT Birds] Regarding: On This Date
mswanhall at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 7 16:52:24 EDT 2010
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!
>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.
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