We all know that farmers and rural people are great conservationists, and we understand and encourage birdlife on farm, but historically this has been an anecdotal record-keeping system.
We recently caught up with the team from ebird which is co-ordinating the New Zealand Bird Atlas project. This is a Citizen Science project run by Birds New Zealand operating for five years to map the distribution and abundance of birds across Aotearoa.
It’s run by the Cornell Lab over in the US but it’s free to everyone across the globe, it’s free to use, and it’s awesome because it allows bird enthusiasts and researchers (me and you) to gather observations and add them to checklists what they’re seeing and hearing in across the globe at any time.
And to upload that to a central database to then explore and track and contribute observations to science and conservation. And that’s the awesome thing is that not only is it available to that community but it’s also available to scientists to conservationists, to analyse and to look at and further conservation research and trickle down into conservation management and policy. ultimately is what we want because we want to be protecting and helping recover the birds that we all love.
Over a billion bird sightings have already been contributed by birds around the world over 200 countries nearly a quarter of a million people submitted observations across the globe says this immense and powerful database, and the Cornell Lab, they collaborate with hundreds of partner organizations like bird atlas for these regional data entry portals for outreach engagement and local impact again for ultimately bird conservation and conservation in general.
it’s a growing community over 1000 people have already submitted data, and we would love you to be submitting data as well and really enjoy and relish this challenge, please see https://ebird.org/atlasnz/home for further details, download the app, and enjoy!