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August 2010: Retrospecticus

August 31, 2010

Oh hey, August just kind of ended there.  And suddenly we’re on the verge of September with its “yes it’s officially fall and the birds are coming so you’d better find a way to go enjoy them ASAP” milieu which, let’s face it, has been a long time coming.

But, first before we go headlong into migration and waterfowl and fleece and crisp mornings and the long-in-coming reprieve from the southern summer, a look back on August.

– The summer sun got to me as I took on the environmental NGOs whose special relationships they’ve been cultivating with extraction industries apparently couldn’t influence those industries when the rubber hit the road with climate legislation.  Color me shocked

– I reviewed a great new Guide to the West Indies.  On an unrelated note to tour operators, I’m now prepared to bird the West Indies if you guys want to bring me down or something.

– eBird is getting some super computer time, so make sure you get your checklists in there so they’ll run them.  They no longer have to be in punchcard form, we’ve apparently come a long way in the computing sciences.

– Specking of eBird, validating Black-capped Chickadees in NC is a constant battle, but their history is pretty interesting.

– I started enjoying some Dragonflies, including common species in my region.

– The birds on Cape Hatteras National Seashore had another great season under the consent decree that allows them some peace on formally busy beaches.  It’s a great thing for wildlife in North Carolina.

– Is the bird listserv model set up for the web 2.0?  And can bird organizations harness the information in a more useful manner?

– Last but not least, the ABA saga continues but I’m hopeful for a positive resolution.  I suspect we’ll have a new President (Executive Director?) sometime next month.  Best of luck to the candidates!

Here comes fall.  I hope you’ve studied your fall warblers and your molty non-vocalizing Empids!

See you next month!

  1. September 1, 2010 9:12 am

    This area is definitly on my bucket list…………….

  2. September 2, 2010 9:17 am

    Yupp, all revved-up and ready for those molting, silent Empids here in Germany.

    Cheers, mate! Just checking in occasionally, but still a big fan!!

  3. Nate permalink*
    September 2, 2010 11:53 am

    @Laurent- You’d be welcome to visit!

    @Jochen- I wondered where you’d gone off to…

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