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Date Posted: 11:01:40 11/16/06 Thu
Author: Beverly
Subject: Excellent ideas, Linda! It's always best to avoid taking a ...
In reply to: Linda 's message, "A suggested approach to getting started" on 07:34:04 11/16/06 Thu

Need to start by having someone from a flyer friendly
state, so they won't find someone knocking at their
door, write a low-key, friendly letter and send via
the Post Office to the agency given on the site saying
they would like to know who is currently responsible
for maintaining it with the view of collaborating
about updating some of the information in light of
newer research.


(Excellent ideas, Linda! It's always best to avoid taking a ...) superior or antagonistic approach.

Do NOT at this time go into exactly what is wrong! But
do make it clear that you expect an answer because
they, of course, don't want outdated information
appearing under their name. Sending via the Post
Office has a better chance of getting to the right
person in the agency, but do include an e-mail address
for their reply. May want to set up a new e-mail
account just for this if you don't want to give out
your personal one.

Linda, would you consider composing the letter, whilst we find someone in, say, either Florida or New Jersey, to act as the contact?
Address for the agency should be fairly easy to find
by checking the official site for the state/Feds. Need
to mention being a spokesperson for a number of
interested people using the Internet. If no response
in 3 weeks, follow up with an e-mail to the agency's
general feedback address asking if they got your
letter.

The goal is to establish a working relationship with
someone who may be generations removed from the
"experts". This person may be very happy to
have help in correcting miss-information and updating
the site, so don't get them in trouble before giving
them a chance to work with us.

Linda, you're a born diplomat! I think we could also bring this subject up at NFSA Messageboard, as I'm sure everyone there would be interested in this process, too!

Once a name is found, need to address what is wrong
with the current info and how it should be corrected.
At this time we can all help.

If response is less than satisfactory in getting a
name or the person's response, we can increase
pressure and/or go up various levels until the info is
either corrected, removed, or the site brought down.

Right we need one person to get the ball rolling and
report back here how things are progressing.

So, is anyone here 'up' for this job? To all of us, I welcome email with suggestions for the letter, just send it to me at skwerlbaitbevATaolDOTcom, with Letter to Newton as the subject. I'll happily work with Linda, to gather the best of the comments, and act as editor/reviewer, if Linda is willing to be the 'major' composer (much as the US Constitution was contributed to by many, but Thomas Jefferson was the 'major' composer, so elected by the other delegates for his acknowledged way with words,as well as for his well reasoned and insightful arguments.

>>Those people that came to
>>them for help, learned nothing in the way of caring
>>properly for their new furball. It made me mad.....
>>And it frustrated me, knowing I could do nothing about
>>it. They call themselves experts...

Well, Agnes, I didn't actually see anything where they claimed to be experts -- just experienced ('20 years' ...) Still, it is sad, and frustrating, to think that 'Tammy', the original poster, went away from the exchange thinking that fresh food for a flyer is 'wasted'. Indeed, most of us can, at best, only claim to be experienced, not 'experts' -- with perhaps the exception of those, such as Steve Patterson, or Nancy Wells-Gosling, or Dorcas MacClintock, who have actually spend considerable time studying the flying squirrel in its 'natural', as well as 'domesticated' setting.

In all, it's my hope that 'Tammy' took the time to further her search, regarding the keeping and care of flying squirrels. There is no indication on the Newton website of any dates for the messages, so it's possible that info has been 'out there' for years and years.

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