Timiskaming Birds Forum

THE FORUM TO DISCUSS ALL THINGS AVIAN IN TIMISKAMING, ONTARIO, CANADA

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A complete and regularly updated listing of all species that have been observed in our area.

Books

Released in 2007, the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas is one of our most  important bird research efforts.

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Other Ontario Birding Links

Ontario Field Ornithologists official website.
The Ontario Bird Records Committee, a panel of experts that reviews rare bird reports for the official provincial record.
OFO's electronic mailing listserv that notifies birders of interesting Ontario bird sightings.
A number of other birding links that may be of interest.

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  • Re: OBRC review lists have changed.

    I sent a link to this thread to Mike Burrell, who is the eBird regional reviewer for this part of Ontario. He also happens to be secretary of the Ontario Birds Records Committee (OBRC). He sent me this reply by email, which I am posting to this discussion on his behalf. "Looks like a good discussion - I agree with Joe pretty much completely and...
    Posted to Announcements (Forum) by Mike Werner on 09-26-2014
  • Re: OBRC review lists have changed.

    From that angle, you're right guys! I think the system is good, but we (observers, reviewers) have to use it right. I'm sure of 2 things: 1) Not enough reviewers; it might take some time to find the right people at the right place. 2) Filters not adapted to area. Why? No long term database in Ontario to rely on when it's time to ajust the...
    Posted to Announcements (Forum) by joe_frechette on 09-26-2014
  • Re: OBRC review lists have changed.

    I have submitted some sightings to eBird that have not got past the reviewers: Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes last fall even though other reports of the same birds were accepted, 75 Pipits one day refused then 50 pipits a couple of days later accepted (they show up on the map) and a couple of others. What criteria do they use to filter the reports...
    Posted to Announcements (Forum) by Mike Leahy on 09-25-2014
  • Re: OBRC review lists have changed.

    OK. I think I follow all that. But it seems to me that the consequence of what you are suggesting is that a birder would not know when to submit an OBRC report until an eBird regional reviewer told them to. And that would only have a chance to happen if the observer posted the sighting as an eBird list in the first place. I don't see how that would...
    Posted to Announcements (Forum) by Mike Werner on 09-25-2014
  • Re: OBRC review lists have changed.

    Yes Mike I agree we don't want to fall in the other extreme! What I like with ebird is that filters can be ajusted any time it needs to. As for the size of the area, I think it's not wrong to have filter for small area. As an example, I'm reviewer for Témiscamingue but since there are only 17 different filter in Qc, Témiscamingue is included...
    Posted to Announcements (Forum) by joe_frechette on 09-25-2014
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