Well it looks like we've got roughly 50 people heading out to count Horned
Puffins this weekend along the California coast. It should be a good time!
Some areas that still need coverage are the Bay area, Orange County, any of
the southern Channel Islands, and Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Please
email me if you can get out to these areas (or anywhere you'd like to cover,
the more the merrier!). In Monterey at least, the birds have favored rocky
shorelines and points, with few found along sandy beaches locally. That
said, these beaches are worth checking as I've seen several Ancient
Murrelets offshore lately in these areas.
I've posted details about the count on the new California eBird page (
www.ebird.org/California). This new application is sponsored by Audubon
California and PRBO Conservation Science and should serve the needs of
California birders better than the primary eBird application. It has
California-specific functionality such as the ability to record habitat
types and California IBA input/output. Also the content on the home page is
administered by Audubon CA and PRBO so it should be of more local interest.
The CA-specific functionality will grow as we create more local
specializations for the eBird portals.
If you're already an eBird user the new California eBird is fully integrated
with the main site so that all your observations will appear in both, and
all of your lists and effort on "My eBird" will be the same in both. Use
your existing log in and password if prompted. Data flows freely between
this new application and all other eBird portals. I've attached the press
release below (scroll down) if you're interested.
Thanks, and good luck finding puffins!
Brian L. Sullivan
eBird Project Leader
Birds of North America Online
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
North American Birds
American Birding Association
*California** eBird Unites Birders, Citizens, and Scientists for
A premier online bird observation program has been developed for birders and
citizens in California! Audubon California, PRBO Conservation Science, and
Cornell Lab of Ornithology have partnered to create California eBird, a
real-time online bird observation checklist program tailored for use by
Californians. eBird has revolutionized the way that people can report and
access information about birds. California eBird provides a quick and easy
way for birders, citizens, and scientists to enter their bird observations
into a common database accessible to those working to protect and restore
habitats for birds in California.
Launched in 2002 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society,
eBird provides scientists with rich data sources for basic information on
numbers and distribution of birds across large geographic scales and
throughout time. For citizens and birders, eBird provides on-line birding
checklists to keep track of your observations at multiple sites, accessible
at any time from your home computer. Bird sightings are safely stored in
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's database.
California eBird takes the standard eBird site and brings the user
information specific to California. With this site, we hope to encourage
more birders, students, citizens, and scientists to contribute bird
sightings through eBird. This will help us learn more about bird
distribution and abundance throughout the state. If you are looking for a
place to make bird observations, we encourage you to select one of the
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in California, keep track of your sightings, and
enter your records (for a list of IBAs go to www.ca.audubon.org/iba). Or,
you can choose your own favorite birding site or "hot spot" using the
interactive Google maps provided. We have added California habitat types so
that you can provide information on the kinds of habitats you are birding
in. You can also select any IBA site and learn about the birds others have
seen at the site, times of year, abundances, and more. With your help, we
can begin to paint a complete picture of how birds are distributed across
the diverse California landscape and track what changes may be occurring in
Visit the California eBird website (www.ebird.org/California) to read timely
information on birds and birding news in California and try entering some
Andrea Jones, Audubon California: 805-772-1991, ajones@...
Melissa Pitkin, PRBO Conservation Science: 707-781-2555 ext. 307,
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