Thursday, April 23, 2015


Smaller set (just weather and VCF): 1 hr 45 min (approx.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rusty Blackbird Blitz FAQ

What data "counts" for RUBL Blitz and how do I submit it?

Why does the protocol matter?
The reason we care about whether or not you were "blitzing" is to assess effort info. So, for example, if you submit a checklist under "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz," whether it contains rusty blackbirds or not, we know you were looking for them. Rusty blackbirds aren't the easiest of species to ID, so we don't want to take a "zero" in a submitted checklist at face value. They're easy to miss if you're not thinking about them! Thus, it helps to know that you were both aware of the species and that you were looking for them, even if you didn't find them.

I collected data suitable for the rusty blackbird blitz while out birding - now what?
You can submit your entire checklist via the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz." In other words, it doesn't hurt anything to enter full checklists under that protocol :) Submit all your other effort data to eBird the same (i.e. how far you traveled, how long it took, etc.). "How far you traveled" obviously indicates that it was a traveling count. It doesn't change anything in your data, but means heaps for the Rusty Blackbird International Working Group.

I already submitted a checklist, but realized it counts for the blitz! How do I change it?
Manage your checklists in eBird --> select the one that has the blitz data. At the top, edit effort info, and where you would have indicated e.g. traveling or stationary, change it to "other." From the drop down menu, select "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" and save changes!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Early Flowers

Today, we went on some outdoor adventures in western Wisconsin. At Bakken's pond, Paul pointed out nannyberry to me. Then, we went to a few spots along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. At one, we stopped and saw both Ouachita and false map turtles, as well as spiny softshells. Afterward, we went to Blue River Barrens State Natural Area, where I saw a lifer butterfly!
Olympia marble
At the end of the day, we looked for wild-hyacinth and saw the leaves poking up through the leaf litter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Differences in Assigning Binary Variables?

I have a suspicion that my model behaves differently if I call a "TRUE" a 1 or a 0. I'm not sure why, and it shouldn't (hypothetically to me), but we'll see if the proof is in the pudding once I get my new results out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Timing a Bash Script

I need to know how long my script takes...
Apparently, about 4 hours 45 min!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Note to Self

Today's question: append to a CSV but only use col names once?

I have a script that on each run, produces a new line for a data file. No, I can't store it as one big data frame, because this instance is actually all about saving space in the R session. (Maybe that answers my question.) So, I want to append it to a file, but wanted to do that without having to make a blank file with col names to start with (maybe I was being too picky.)

Since last week...
  • have excluded RBGU, MALL, GBHE
  • masked out water value (200 in imagery)
  • changed the way first year observer was coded? "start-up (η, with I[j,t] an indicator that takes the value 1 for an observer's first year of survey on a route, 0 otherwise)" - Link and Sauer 2011

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lifer Cinnamon Teal!

Today, I got yet another lifer! This spring has been spectacular for me so far...this time, it was at Rose Lake. I saw a beautiful drake from the Radloff Prairie Loop, which was originally found by a friend. What a cool duck!