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Fw: Paper on new NC specimens
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- Subject: Fw: Paper on new NC specimens
- From: "John Fussell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 05:46:49 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Fussell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Harry Legrand" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: Paper on new NC specimens
> I strongly agree with Harry about this topic.
> All papers describing new species for a state, even if they are
> by specimens in a museum, should describe the bird or birds.
> I say this for 3 reasons primarily:
> 1) Specimens sometimes get lost or misplaced. Some have been destroyed in
> 2) Specimens sometimes get mislabeled or the information accompanying them
> may get lost.
> Most of us have heard of the many examples of really strange
> birds--represented by specimens--recorded in the 19th century or early
> century for which there is no question as to the bird's identification,
> for which there is plenty of question as to the bird's origin and so
> 3) Just because a bird was identified in the hand by a museum person
> mean that the effort put into identifying the bird was particularly
> rigorous, or that the bird was even identified correctly.
> Recently, I wrote up a description of a MacGillivray's Warbler found dead
> Lake Mattamuskeet a few years ago (this note has been submitted to Chat).
> Even though this specimen is now in the State Museum, I felt strongly that
> there should be a published description of the bird. By the way, in that
> case, I noticed that the out-of-state museum person that the State Museum
> sent the specimen to for identification replied merely that "I certainly
> concur that it is a MacGillivray's, for whatever that's worth. It seems to
> check out in every important way."
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Harry Legrand" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 1:14 PM
> Subject: Paper on new NC specimens
> > Folks:
> > I doubt many birders ever see The Journal of the Elisha Mitchell
> > Scientific Society. In the most recent issue, there is a paper by David
> > S. Lee, John A. Gerwin, and Rececca B. Browning entitled "Specimen
> > documentation of unusual, and previously unrecorded birds from North
> > Carolina", in volume 117 (2), pp. 123-127.