• Text contained within tables or charts is
not included in the search database, but can be searched within individual issues.
• Capitalization does not matter.
• Hyphens and apostrophes do matter.
Thus, a search for Black-bellied Plover (with hyphen) will return all instances of Black-bellied Plover,
black-bellied plover, Black-Bellied Plover, and BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, but will not
return any instances of Black bellied Plover (without the hyphen).
A search for Western scrub jay or scrub jay (no hyphen) will not return any instances of Western scrub-jay or
A search for Wilsons warbler (with no apostrophe) will not return
any instances of
To be sure you get the most instances of a species, use only
a simple search term such as plover
• Also try searching on nicknames to pick up occurrences such
as "....We saw sooties and short taileds ...."
Over 20 years of newsletters, style is not always consistent. Sometimes it's "shrub-steppe"; other times it's "shrubsteppe" or "shrub steppe. A search for "steppe" will return all instances. There are also the rare misspellings, for example, "Bickelton" rather than the correct "Bickleton."