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Training: Appendix B
Documenting Rare or Exceptional Species
When rare species are detected, we ask that the observer submit supporting documentation of the encounter. Appropriate information includes but is not limited to:
  1. Field marks and/or behavioral characteristics that were used to identify the species.
  2. Duration of observation (i.e. fleeting glance, a full-minute, etc.)
  3. Distance from observer.
  4. Type of optics used to view species (i.e., 7 x 35 binos., 10 x 40 binos., none, etc.).
  5. Type of habitat where species was detected.
  6. Breeding evidence (i.e., nest, carrying nesting material, young present, etc.)
  7. References to previous breeding records for area.
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