August 1, 2015 Discovery Trip by Brian Patteson
8 hours ago
I'm ashamed of the pun, but eBird kills two birds with one stone. On the one hand are birders who are tired of keeping complicated lists of their sightings, and are looking to simplify. On the other hand are scientists that are frustrated with extrapolating bird population data from banding stations and estimations and are looking for more complete data. This is where eBird comes in. In addition to providing birders with a format to track and manage their lists and observations, it also allows scientists access to vast amounts of continent-wide data on bird populations. After starting slowly, eBird now records millions of individual sightings each year. In addition to being a great success story in the citizen science movement, eBird has become an indispensable tool for many birders, including myself. And guess what: there's a new version in the works. I recently talked with Brian Sullivan, one of the three guys in charge of eBird, about the site's past, present and future.Birdist: Let's start out by talking a little bit about your role, and the history of eBird.