Citizen Science: eBird for beginners
Many of you will have taken part in the recent NZ Garden Bird Survey counting birds in your garden or local park. That’s a great example of citizen science in action, but we can all do more.
Counting birds is a fantastic way of doing your bit. Keeping track of what birds we see and making that information available for research helps gauge the effect on native biodiversity of all the trapping and planting work we do. We would love to see a lot more people using eBird.
You don’t need a cammo jacket and spotting scope to take part. Urban Ark coordinator, Paul Whitfield, now has a reasonable knowledge of NZ birds, but 18 months ago he could barely tell a starling from a blackbird. Join Paul for an hour-long workshop on how to get started, logging your first checklist and contributing to the NZ Bird Atlas, a five-year survey of Aotearoa’s avifauna.
Where Eric Armishaw Reserve, Pt Chevalier
When Saturday 14 August, 10am–11am
- a smartphone loaded with the eBird app [for android, for apple]. Pencil and paper works too.
- binoculars (we’ll have a few pairs to borrow if you don’t own any).
- clothing appropriate for the weather
Group: Urban Ark – Manawa Taiao