[CT Birds] CT and global birding - May 9
ctgregh at yahoo.com
Tue May 5 21:03:26 EDT 2015
Based on the burgeoning number of reports on CTBirds, everyone is getting out and finding exciting new arrivals. Even if you can only make it out on occasion, I hope that you can find time to see what birds you can turn up on May 9th.
May 9th is the inaugural Global Big Day (http://ebird.org/globalbigday/), where eBird and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are hoping to engage a worldwide network of birders to go out, count birds, and support global bird conservation. Our goal is to have over 4,000 species of birds reported to eBird in a single calendar day, and to raise $500,000 for bird conservation.
All you have to do to help is go birding, and how easy and fun is that? You don’t need to commit to a full 24-hours of birding on May 9th: a short visit to the local pond or woodland or even a few minutes in your yard is still a meaningful contribution! You just have to be an eBird user. CT already has a very healthy number of birders who us this international, secure, searchable database to record their own sightings and at the same time include them in the world's biggest citizen-science effort. If you've never tried his very user friendly way to record you sightings (as well as keep track of what else is being seen), this would be a great day to start
Perhaps if enough people are interested, there could even be some good-natured mini-competitions within Connecticut – such which county in the state can report the most species on May 9th?
For some more detailed information on the Global Big Day, check out Global Big Day HQ: http://ebird.org/globalbigday/. There are participating birders from Taiwan, India, Australia, Serbia, Portugal, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Panama, and much more – totaling over 75 countries! I’m sure that Connecticut will be able to provide a lot of great sightings too, and look forward to seeing what you turn up.
CT eBird ReviewerWaterbury
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