My concern is that having a photo on a display implies that the species may be seen at the site and suggests to viewers that they should expect to see one, or at least have a good chance of seeing one.   

A Black Rail sighting at Weston Bend is so unlikely that a depiction of one at the site is very misleading to a visitor.  

In addition to being simply misleading, a photo of a Black Rail, suggesting its presence, has the very real potential of leading a beginning or intermediate birder (or any casual visitor) to assume that any black rail seen is a Black Rail, when the probability is that a black rail seen is an immature of a different species.  This leads to reports that are incorrect, but very difficult to prove so, and may be the cause of embarrassment or even rancor.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Jul 15, 2010, at 2:45 PM, Christine Kline, Secretary wrote:

I appreciate the suggestion - We have already included pictures of all the other rails but would like to have a picture of the Black Rail since it’s included in the IBA Technical Report as a species of conservation concern.  The Black Rail doesn’t have to be a picture taken in Missouri.  Just having a picture of what it looks like would help us trememdously.
 

From: Edge [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 2:31 PM
To: Christine Kline, Secretary
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Subject: Re: NO SIGHTING Just a few more pictures needed for IBA at Weston Bend
 
A Black Rail would be an amazing find at Weston Bend.  It is also unlikely that a photo of one taken in Missouri would be available.  Perhaps you should consider using a photo of a rail more likely to be seen--Sora, or Virginia Rail, for example.
 
Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
 
 
On Jul 15, 2010, at 1:33 PM, Christine Kline, Secretary wrote:


Hello everyone!
 
I wanted to send a quick email for a request.  We are almost done obtaining pictures for our interpretive panels for the Iatan/Weston River Corridor IBA at Weston Bend State Park.  However, there are a few we’re having a difficult time finding.  We need a Black Rail picture, pictures showing food sources for birds in Winter, and pictures of volunteers collecting trash, planting trees, removing invasive species, and conducting bird surveys or citizen science activities such as the Great Backyard Bird Count or the Christmas Bird Count.
 
The pictures need to be a minimum 200 dpi and at least 5x7 in size.  Anyone who submits a photo to us to use will receive credit for it on the panels.  My deadline is tomorrow.
 
Christine Kline, Board Member ~ Burroughs Audubon and Friends of Squaw Creek NWR
Pleasant Hill, MO
Home/Office:  (816) 540-3515
 
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