[canberrabirds] 'The Tales Behind eBird’s Most Extraordinary Finds'

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Subject: [canberrabirds] 'The Tales Behind eBird’s Most Extraordinary Finds'
From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:09:08 +0000
This may be of interest re eBird:

The article commences:
'Birders have a borderline obsessive tendency to keep records. From big days to life lists, many birders find joy in quantifying their bird-watching experiences. The citizen science project eBird, a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon that allows birders to track their states in real-time, harnesses this urge—with riveting results.

'So here are some numbers for all of the stat-happy birders out there: Since the project was launched in 2002, eBirders have submitted records for a staggering 98 percent of all bird species that exist today. That’s 10,055 out of 10,301 possible species. In July 2014, eBird posted an article highlighting the species that were missing from their records and called for eBirders to fill in the gaps. Within 45 days of posting the article, eBird received accounts chronicling sightings of 92 of the 246 previously missing species.

'These numbers are a testament to eBirders’ dedication to contributing to science and conservation. But numbers can’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell of the long journeys to remote locations and grueling hikes that went into collecting data in remote locations, or the ecstatic moments when a rare bird first comes into view.

'While eBird’s data is freely available, to hear the tales behind the numbers we had to ask eBirders themselves. Here’s what some of them had to say about their rare sightings.'

As of today, Eremaea eBird has 823 species recorded in Australia, and 274 recorded in the ACT.


David McDonald
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