I do not have MS Word on my Mac.

I will continue to comply with the Mobirds rules, as I always have in  
this matter.  I have always been a proponent of the premise that a  
major purpose of the listserve is to communicate with birders at all  
levels, especially birders who are willing and eager to learn more  
about the fascinating world of birds and birding.

Using the code in the body of the message, when appropriate, is a  
method of teaching the code to those who are willing to learn and  
stretch their their comfort zone to become better birders.

Thanks, Kristi, for the review of the Crossley guide.  I'd just had  
an off-list exchange about the use of the alpha code in field guides,  
and am really pleased that the new one employs them.  The next  
generation of birders will now have that as an integral part of their  
birding learning curve.

More birding, less churlish caviling.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Mar 25, 2011, at 9:16 AM, Walter Wehtje wrote:

> There's a very simple solution to this issue; use the auto-correct
> function in your word processing program to automatically turn your
> nrws into a Northern Rough-winged Swallow. That way the four-letter
> code becomes a useful short-hand and doesn't require other to decipher
> the acronyms in order to know what you saw. Just add the auto-correct
> instructions to each species as you write your notes and over time
> you'll find that it saves a lot of typing. I work with Whooping Cranes
> and never write out the full name, instead I write whcr for singular
> and whcrs for plural--MS Word does the rest.
> Walter Wehtje
> Wood River, NE

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