[Tweeters] some say yes NOWA, but I would prefer they say no NOWA

Stewart Wechsler ecostewart at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 07:20:22 PDT 2016

I've been birding since 1968. I know all of the birds' names (at least
those that the AOU hasn't changed in 20 years), but I don't know the 4
letter codes. 4 letter codes are for field notes, they don't work so well
when communicating with others. It seems like an insiders' secret code. I
am also a botanist and sometimes use 4 letter codes for botany field notes,
but never use them to communicate to other botanists. A high percentage,
of even the most knowledgeable local botanists, wouldn't know what plant I
am talking about.

Also I intermittently check in to Tweeters, I don't follow all of the
dialogues. If you write as if everyone reading, had read the news from an
earlier day of a bird being seen somewhere, you will lose part of your
audience. I would prefer that if people start a new thread with a new
subject line that they write so that those that didn't read earlier posts
from earlier days would know what you are talking about. Not everyone who
reads a post about a Northern Waterthrush having been seen in a given site
will know that it had been seen there earlier.

-Stewart Wechsler
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