Michigan Birds and Natural History winter season
bmurphy22 at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 23 13:14:10 EST 2004
As many of you are aware the winter reporting season for North American
Birds and Michigan Birds and Natural History began on December 1st and ends
on February 28th.
I would first like to thank all of you who report your sightings on an
annual basis. I would also like to invite the rest of you to become
participants, if you currently are not. The forms for the current winter
season have already been mailed out, but I will be more than happy to email
them to you upon request. For future seasons you can request the forms from
Michigan Audubon Society at MAS at michiganaudubon.org. In the body of your
email just request the seasonal survey forms for Michigan Birds and Natural
History and include your name and address. I cannot stress enough how
valuable the information that each of you provide is. Without your sightings
we would have a very broken record of bird distribution and concentration
for the state of Michigan. I am appealing to all of you because my best
guess is that fewer than one-third of Michigans birders are currently
participating with seasonal surveys. It is nearly impossible for the
seasonal compilers to monitor email daily to keep track of all of the
sightings on the different lists that this state has. With the amount of
work that each survey requires, your participation would be invaluable to us
all. I am hoping for participation levels that make future issues more
thorough than they have ever been.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Michigan Birds and Natural
History, it is a publication of the Michigan Audubon Society. It is
published five times a year including seasonal surveys for the spring,
summer, fall, and winter, as well as Christmas Bird Count and North American
Migration Count totals. Also, a summary of the actions of the Michigan Bird
Records Committee is provided annually.
Currently the cost for subscription to Michigan Birds and Natural History is
$25.00 a year. To subscribe you can visit
http://www.michiganaudubon.org/mbnh/mbnh_home.html or send your name,
address, phone number, and payment to:
Michigan Birds and Natural History
6011 W. St Joseph Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917
The managing editor of Michigan Birds and Natural History is Jim Granlund.
Jim has done an amazing job keeping the journal on track and I would like to
commend him for that. We are now including more photographs in the journal
and I encourage people to send photos of rarities, interesting sightings,
etc., as your photos may be published. We are also in need of articles for
the journal. If you have an idea or are interested in writing an article for
the journal please contact Jim Granlund at granlund at chartermi.net.
Lastly, species that are very rare or difficult to identify may require
documentation to be included. If you notice that a particular species
requires documentation please take the time to do so. If we do not receive
documentation we cannot include it in the surveys. We find it just as
frustrating to exclude sightings due to lack of documentation as it is for
you to realize you had a great sighting that has been left out. Remember, we
can never be too thorough. If you have any questions about this, the
seasonal compilers are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your understanding.
I am very excited with all that is happening at Michigan Birds and Natural
History and I hope all of you will take the time to be part of it. Thank you
for your contributions and good birding!
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