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A quick and dirty tally from on-line sources

Missouri (MOBirds-L):  472 posts as of this evening for the month of April; 
MO's population as of 12/2000: 5,595,211; 28 CBCs in 2005-2006; and 13 
Audubon Chapters

Susan Hazelwood, MOBirds-L List Owner
Columbia, MO
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leslie Keith Koller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 5:56 PM
Subject: Fw: [TN-Bird] Reflective and historical data from TN-Birds Net


> I'd be very interested in knowing where Missouri falls on this list...Is 
> there a way to retrieve the data???
>
> Leslie Koller
> Sikeston, Missouri
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Wallace Coffey" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "TN-birds" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:04 PM
> Subject: [TN-Bird] Reflective and historical data from TN-Birds Net
>
>
>> TN-Birders:
>> The following data reflects general information about the frequency of 
>> posting
>> to bird lists by states (North Carolina and South Carolina share one list 
>> and have one state bird club for both states).
>>
>> The chart begins with a relative name for each listserv and then the 
>> number of
>> messages posted so far for the month of April 2006.  It follows with 
>> state population and then, obviously, Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) from 
>> this past winter.  You will
>> also find the number of Audbon local chapters in the states.  Enjoy 
>> thinking about it.
>>
>> Virginia birding list              430    pop:    7,078,515    CBC 40 
>> Audubon Ch 7
>> Carolina birds (NC/SC)      426    pop:   12,061,325   CBC 69   Audubon 
>> Ch 13
>> Arkansas birds                   358    pop:     2,673,400   CBC 19 
>> Audubon Ch  8
>> Georgia  birds                    343     pop:     8,186,453   CBC  25 
>> Audubon Ch  9
>> Tennessee birds                337    pop:    5,689,283     CBC 28 
>> Audubon Ch 3
>> West Virginia birds             235    pop:   1,808,235    CBC  18 
>> Audubon Ch 2
>> Kentucky birds                    122    pop:   4,041,769    CBC  13 
>> Audubon Ch 6
>> Alabama birds                       97    pop:   4,468,976    CBC  13 
>> Audubon Ch 5
>>
>> It is obvious that states with larger populations and probably good 
>> birding areas (costal, etc.) will have have frequent posting.  But there 
>> are dozens of other factors which influence the number of posts.  We 
>> could look at the number of backyard bird counts and feeder watch 
>> stations, etc. to get some idea about active birders in each state.  That 
>> would be more time consuming.
>>
>> Perhaps large metro areas like Northern Virginia not only have lots of 
>> birders but many of the birders may not know one another.  So individuals 
>> do not feel a lot of exposure if they are posting to a large list.  And 
>> Northern Virginia also includes a population of 522,000 people in the 
>> Nation's Capitol with birders from that area mainly participating on the 
>> Virginia and Maryland lists.  They probably do the majority of their 
>> birding in those adjacent states due to less habitat and access in 
>> Washington DC.
>>
>> Areas of states with few bird clubs and very centralized birders may 
>> makes some birders feel much exposure.  Some individuals may be fearful 
>> of being out on a limb or concerned about background critique.
>>
>> It is hard to determine the impact of state bird clubs upon such lists. 
>> In Virginia, many of the local bird clubs are actually local Audubon 
>> Chapters which are affiliated with the state ornithological society.  The 
>> Carolinas also function as one state bird club and what might be seen as 
>> a single community of birders at "one" state level from two states.
>> Tennessee has a very old state ornithological society (1915) and has 
>> never had many Audubon Chapters.
>>
>> There are dozens of other considerations.
>>
>>                                        TN-BIRDS NET AND WEBSITES
>>
>> Tennessee is one of the nation's oldest state birding lists on the 
>> internet.  It was originally online as Valley Birds Net and was the list 
>> for many eastern states and southern states before they could establish 
>> their own list.
>>
>> Valley Birds Net came to a close when Tennessee and Virginia list owners 
>> jointly agreed to move to the state level with state identifications. 
>> Valley Birds Net then became known as TN-Birds and Virginia started its 
>> own list.  A few other states then followed and began establishing their 
>> own lists within weeks.
>>
>> At it's peak, Valley Birds Net served all of the Appalachian areas from 
>> New York, and Pennsylvania to Georgia  and Alabama.  Valley Birds Net 
>> continue and changes its name to the Tennessee list.
>>
>> Working with Alice Kirby, we also created the nationwide list known as 
>> Hurricane Net and the national list for the Hawk Migration Association of 
>> North America (Aug 1996).  The first website for the Hawk Migration 
>> Association (Nov 1996) was put online as was the first official website 
>> for the Tennessee Ornithological Society (Sep 1995).
>>
>>                                    AND THE BEAT GOES ON
>>
>> From a historical perspective......the Olcoot, Jeff Wilson / TLBA, from 
>> Bartlett in West Tennessee has been here virtually since day one.  If you 
>> don't know, what the TLBA stands for it is " the luckiest birder alive." 
>> :-)
>>
>> Jeff Wilson has always been the list's most productive participant.  His 
>> 855 post to TN-Birds since Feb. 1, 2002, reflects some of the state's 
>> best birding and most dedicated efforts of continually sharing with all 
>> of us. His total posts does not include nearly perhaps another thousand 
>> on the original Valley Birds Net and the Tennessee list when we operated 
>> on a previous listserv.  All of that together represents thousands of 
>> hours afield and countless hundreds of hours at his computer.
>>
>> Let's go birding......
>>
>> Wallace Coffey
>> Moderator TN-Birds Net
>> Tennessee Ornithological Society
>> Bristol, TN
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