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To all ASM members:

First, a big thanks to Andy Forbes, who has served as summer season  
editor of the Bluebird for the past four years, 2003-06.  Editing a  
seasonal report is a major task; moreover, it is a volunteer activity  
that consumes a good deal of one's personal time.  We are grateful to  
Andy for his willingness to make this commitment for the past four  
years.  As of this summer, other new commitments mean that he can't  
sustain this one any longer.

Our new volunteer, who has taken up the challenge with alacrity, is  
our own RBA compiler, Josh Uffman.  He will compile the summer season  
2007 report for the Bluebird, covering the months of June and July  
only, as usual.  The normal deadline for submission of material for  
this report would have been August 10, but since that date is past,  
we ask that you get your material to Josh by this Friday, August 17,  
if possible, or by next Monday, August 20, at the latest.

E-mail is always an efficient way of submitting seasonal notes; if  
that is your choice, please send to Josh at birdsandbugs AT  
sbcglobal.net.  If you prefer the U.S. mail, send to him at 420 North  
Clay Ave., St. Louis, MO 63135.  Here are some reminders about the  
preferred format and content of seasonal notes:

Seasonal report guidelines:  We hope that all birders who are  
reporting seasonal observations will follow some general guidelines  
that make the compilation of the report easier on the editor and more  
reliable in its content.  (1) Please do submit your records of  
anything that was noteworthy in a season of observation: rare  
species, unusual numbers (large or small), population trends, unusual  
arrival or departure dates, etc.  (2) In doing so, please do your own  
editing and make your own decisions as to what is significant.  In  
particular, please donít merely submit lists of all birds seen on  
field trips!  The editor then has to guess which species and numbers  
were noteworthy for your areaóand that should be your job since you  
know your local territory best.  (3) Please donít rely on posting on  
Mobirds-L as a way of getting an observation into the permanent  
record.  There is a huge volume of these posts, and the seasonal  
editor simply cannot sift through a whole season of them to find the  
ones that merit inclusion.  If an observation was worthy of note,  
repeat it in your report.  (4) Put your report in any sensible  
format, listed either by date or by species (in check-list order if  
possible).  (5) Please check to see if any of the species you report  
need to be documented.  You can look at a hard copy of the Annotated  
Check-list of Missouri Birds (or better yet, at the more up-to-date  
on-line version at mobirds.org) to make this determination.  Any  
species that is listed as accidental or casual statewide, or for a  
given region or season, should be documented using the form that is  
also downloadable at mobirds.org.  Send documentation to the  
Secretary, Bill Rowe, 9033 Big Bend, St. Louis, MO 63119, or rowe AT  
tjs.org.  If you are uncertain about documenting, contact the  
Secretary and check with him beforehand.  Documentation of this type  
does not need to be submitted to the seasonal editor too, but it is  
helpful if you let the editor know that you have sent documentation  
to the MBRC.  (6) Please try to include some descriptive details for  
the editor if you are reporting a species that is rare but not rare  
enough to require full documentation, especially if identification of  
the species can be a problem.  Examples might be a Pacific Loon, a  
juvenile Northern Goshawk, a female Black-throated Blue Warbler, or  
Western Meadowlarks in unexpected locations or numbers.  Even brief  
notes on the birdís field marks or voice will reassure the seasonal  
editor about the identification, and it can then be sent with more  
confidence to North American Birds for the Iowa/Missouri regional  
report.

Let's all try to get some good, coherent notes to Josh this week so  
that he can easily follow in Andy's footsteps with the next summer  
season report.  These reports are our best published means of  
tracking the trends in Missouri's avifauna.  So thanks to all of you,  
in advance, for contributing your observations, and thanks to Josh  
for taking this job on.

Bill Rowe
Secretary, MBRC
St. Louis
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P.S.  Remember -- if you are birding right now, you are in the fall  
season, and you're gathering material for Bill Eddleman's fall report!












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