The reason that species are blocked and hidden as "sensitive" in eBird
could be from a multitude of reasons. In terms of the Gyrfalcon, it is a
bird at risk for capture and trade by falconers. Exposing the location of
such a prized species through public records could spell trouble for the
bird. Yes, this gives birders a disadvantage, but the hope is that it saves
birds from danger. Many endangered species, especially in Asia and South
America are blocked as sensitive to protect them from the illegal pet bird
trade.

More information:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird?b_id=1928

Nick Kachala
Rush, NY
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On Jan 19, 2018 9:11 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <c...@cornell.edu>
wrote:

To that point…

I don’t fully understand how a Gyrfalcon in winter (in the Lower 48), or
any falcon in winter for that matter, is considered a “sensitive species”
such that it gets blocked by eBird.

Snowy Owls actually make more sense to block over a Gyrfalcon, any day. Way
too much stress is put on them, at least for those which show up closer to
more densely populated cities.

Any thoughts on changing Gyrfalcon in eBird? Reasons?

Thanks!

Sincerely,
Chris




On Jan 19, 2018, at 8:42 AM, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:

I'll echo this appeal, please post to the list serve. We have to go
old-school again with Ebird blocking some sightings.

Gary

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon update please

Birders,

If anyone can offer an update on the Gyrfalcon I would greatly appreciate
it. I'm planning on heading that way tomorrow

Thank you!


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