Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beginning eBirding Class Tomorrow At Audubon Society






The Seattle Audubon Society is holding a "Beginner’s Guide to eBird"
with Eric Harlow and Todd Sahl, tomorrow from 6:30 - 9:30pm, at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church.                 
Have you heard of eBird but don’t know where to start? Already have an eBird account, but would like to get more out of it?  
Created in 2002 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free, real-time, online checklist program has revolutionized the way the birding community records and accesses bird data.   
eBird is a great way to record all your bird sightings online, where they are all in one place, accessible from any internet connection. The best part about recording sightings in eBird: your bird lists become shared data used by conservationists, researchers, students, and the birding community to explore, protect and enjoy birds all over the world! 
In the first part of this class we’ll cover the most important features in an eBird account. We’ll explain how to create high quality checklists without cramping your birding style, and touch on the ethics of real-time reporting of sensitive species. We’ll also demonstrate how to use the new free eBird app for iPhone and Android systems, so you can enter your lists in the field! 
In the second part of the class we’ll go over how to do eBird research at home to effectively find recently reported local birds, and to prepare for visiting places further from home. We’ll explore using eBird’s dynamic graphs and maps tools in combination to effectively find target species. Finally, we’ll show how to use the BirdsEye app for iPhone and Android systems, which gives you real-time information on nearby species from your mobile device. 
The cost is $35 members and $50 nonmembers and you can register here. 

(Photo: Baby American Coot, by Tom Sanders

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