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Roy Pilcher <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 11 Jun 2005 12:35:12 EDT
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My apologies to birders for the cryptic language on my postings.  One  makes
assumptions which at times are obviously incorrect.  My assumption  was that
birders in Vermont are now well familiar with the Vermont Breeding Bird  Atlas
that is now in its third year and which is a follow-up of that undertaken  25
years ago.  Each USGS map of Vermont was divided into six equal  approximately
10 square mile areas and numbered 1 through 6.  Incidentally  the Vermont
Butterfly Survey that is now in its fourth year appropriated the  same blocks for
its survey.  Hence this observer's postings applied to both  the VBBA and the
With the VBBA there are three levels of confirmation as to breeding
activity, PO (POSSIBLE) being the lowest, PR (PROBABLE) being the next  highest and CO
(CONFIRMED) being the highest.  All of this information is  of course
available to all by going to the VINS web site.
Trusting that this will help alleviate the confusion.
To be sure such postings of this observer do not quicken the desire to go
seek out a particular species but will, hopefully, help energize those who have
undertaken to contribute many, many hours to the knowledge of Vermont's
breeding  birds.
Roy Pilcher
Proctor, Vermont.

Speaking  the Same Language