Acronyms. They can drive you crazy.
MAPS = Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.
JANY = Jamestown Audubon New York
There are also four-letter codes for the bird names. These are abbreviations, not acronyms.
Now, you might be thinking, “Oh, I get it! Use the first two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the second name. Easy!”
Not so fast…
The hyphenated names, too, get weird, though some are logical – like Tom’s Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers above. They are, of course, YBSA.
This week, we were most delighted to recapture this fellow:
He is the one that got away last week before weighing and before pictures, for which we teased poor Eric mercilessly. And we made him hold the bird for pictures:
I had to leave at 7:45am to go to work. I’m sure they caught lots more COBI (cool birds) after I left. (I made that last one up myself!)