[CT Birds] New bird identification training program "Dendroica"
mjwarner at optonline.net
Fri May 14 08:40:44 EDT 2010
Chris has suggested this webpage "should be useful for general
birding". I would like to amend that to - it is extrememly useful! Perhaps
there was trouble with the link provided. When the link below opens, under
"Guest Version" click on -USA-. When the new page opens, there is a
scrollable list on the right. Scroll and choose a bird. A picture will
come up and you will hear a bird song. Under the photo there is a box with
notes and info. At the bottom left of that info box, it says "Song 1 2 3 4"
, click on another number and you will hear alternate songs of that bird.
To the right of that it says "Image 1 2 3 4", click on another number and
you will see photos of the male and female. Some have pics of the nest and
eggs or hatchlings too. This page instantly went to my desktop.
Thank you Chris, for posting the original message.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Elphick" <elphick at sbcglobal.net>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:23 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] New bird identification training program "Dendroica"
I thought that this information might be of interest given some of the
recent discussions about bird songs. The site is designed for people
involved in breeding bird atlases, but it sounds like it should be useful
for general birding too. I have not actually used the site at all yet,
though I did see a CD developed for the Ontario atlas, which I think was the
initial incarnation of this web site.
Environment Canada and the USGS Breeding Bird Survey office are pleased to
announce the official launch of the bird identification training program
Dendroica: An aid to the identification of North American Birds.
Dendroica is an interactive website developed to help students, volunteers
and professionals improve their skills at identifying birds by sight or by
sound, particularly so that they can participate in nature survey and
monitoring programs, including Breeding Bird Atlases. The site includes bird
species from throughout Canada, the USA, and Mexico. The program includes up
to 8 or more different sound recordings and photographs for each species as
well as descriptions of the songs of each species. Although there are still
a number of gaps in our coverage, especially from Mexico, the program also
allows participants to contribute new photographs and sound recordings, so
it will continue to improve over time. We hope that, as more people use the
program, we will be able to fill many of our gaps in coverage -- although we
already have more than 4000 each of photos and sound recordings.
To use all of the features of the program, participants should register
(registration is free) and sign-in. This will allow users to select lists of
species to study, such as all the breeding (or non-breeding) species in a
particular region, or species with a particular song type or from a
particular taxonomic group, or they can make their own lists. They can then
study the photos or sound recordings and read the song descriptions for the
selected species before quizzing themselves to see how well they are doing.
The quiz randomly picks songs and/or photos (users can choose) from among
the list available for each species. This is particularly valuable for
learning bird songs because we have multiple recordings of most species, so
users don't always get the same recording for a particular species.
We would like to encourage you to use the program and, if you are running
any Breeding Bird Atlases, promote the use of the program with your atlas
participants. Feel free to put links to the program on your atlas websites
or in the promotional material that you send to your atlasers.
Also, if any of your atlasers have high quality photographs or (better yet)
well edited sound recordings that will enhance the program or help to fill
gaps, please encourage them to contribute to the program.
Also, if you have suggestions for ways that the program could be improved,
please let us know so that we can consider them. For example, if you would
like to review the list of species recorded for your state / province -
especially breeding species - let us know and we will send you a copy of the
list for you to review (the current lists were derived from the Avibase data
base, but in some cases breeding status was inferred from range maps).
There are several improvements that we are already planning, in addition to
continuing to expand the database of photos and recordings. Currently, the
program is available in English and French, but we will be adding a Spanish
version in the near future. We will also be adding a new set of maps to
provide better detail than the current maps, produced by Andrew Couturier
from the NatureServe dataset. This will require some program redesign to
accommodate. We are also working on a new module that will allow users to
listen to recordings of "point counts" and try to identify all of the birds
that can be heard on the recording, though it may be a while before that
module is ready for release.
We hope you find Dendroica useful.
Charles M. Francis, PhD
Manager | Gestionnaire
Species Abundance and Distribution | Abondance et répartition des espèces
Canadian Wildlife Service | Service canadien de la faune
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
1125 Colonel By, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0H3
Charles.Francis at ec.gc.ca<mailto:Charles.Francis at ec.gc.ca>
Telephone | Téléphone 613-998-0332
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