Your seasonal report should include significant sightings during the period. Examples of "significant sightings" include:
-- any species listed as "rare", "casual", or "accidental" on the Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds <http://mobirds.org/RecordsCommittee/MOChecklist.aspx
-- species that do not normally occur during the summer season (see http://showme-birds.com
, a database of Missouri records, to find out how many summer records exist for a particular species);
-- high counts or unusually low counts (also include a note if a species usually present in your area during this period appeared to be completely absent or unusually abundant).
Information about weather events in your area will also help me paint a better picture of conditions during the summer nesting season.
-- An Excel document with the following data: 1) Species; 2) Number observed; 3) Date; 4) Location (i.e. park, residence, city, etc.); 5) County; 6) Observer(s); and 7) Additional Notes (such as age/sex, notes about how you arrived at a particularly difficult identification, and whether you submitted documentation for casual or accidental species)
If you would like a sample Excel document to get you started, please let me know.
-- Submission of photos showing your significant sightings through the season is encouraged. These images will be considered for publication alongside the final Summer Seasonal Report. High-resolution images can be e-mailed in JPEG format.
The data you provide is used to produce the regional report published in the American Birding Association's "journal of record for birders," North American Birds
; and a summary of sightings is also published in the ASM's quarterly publication, The Bluebird
PLEASE REMEMBER -- Your sightings must be submitted directly to me in order to be considered for inclusion in the final seasonal report. Sightings posted only to MOBIRDS-L will not be included in the report.
Please send your sightings to me at one of the addresses below before Friday, August 10. I will reply to each e-mail to confirm receipt. If you don't hear back from me, please try again so that your records do not get lost.
Summer Seasonal Report Editor
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1807 Clear Creek Dr
Kearney MO 64060