Your story of the personal contact with the agent
really put a face to the CACHE project! It is interesting to see bird
lists, but to hear about human exchanges in response to the data
entries was very refreshing and exciting to hear. Thank you.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:27
Subject: Re: Questions About CACHE
Anecdotally, as to the advantage of this information being
available to area managers/employees at MDC and DNR, which a previous poster
listed as an advantage... I can think of an experience I had where I was
absolutely floored by the knowledge of an area manager on an area I frequented
regarding the CACHE project.
I called the Northeast regional office about two years ago when I was
back up in Kirksville to talk to the area manager for Union Ridge CA (which
was an emphasis area for the first two years of the project, I think) because
I had a few questions about the area. Having never talked to him previously, I
was surprised that when I introduced myself, he mentioned that he had seen my
name on the CACHE reports and was quite glad to get a chance to finally talk
to me. He actually had a few questions about things I'd seen/hadn't seen on
the area and it was obvious he was thrilled to get some quality data from
other observers about the wildlife using his area and was familiar with my
visits (parts of north central MO are areas of low birding pressure, to say
I wasn't an employee of the MDC nor had I had any particular connection
with this person, so I was pretty pleasantly surprised to know that the data
in the system was being so carefully monitored given I was just an "average
Joe." As for whether that happens in every instance, I have no idea, but
I would guess that in most areas (especially areas where lots of habitat work
is being done or places listed as areas of emphasis) CACHE reports probably
get monitored pretty regularly.
This experience cemented my belief in many of the positive things about
the CACHE system and also really made me a believer that folks within the MDC
really do enjoy getting constructive feedback from birders about what the see
and perceive. For this reason, I try to leave commentary in the "comments"
section of the CACHE reports about whether birds seem to be reacting to
habitat modifications or where rare or declining birds (especially breeders)
were found, and would suggest it to others as well.
St. Louis Co.
Exciting to see Big Creek CA made the list for stage V!
The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
To unsubscribe or change subscription options: