Wednesday, May 11, 2011

State of the Birds

An example of citizen science data being used to relay information. From Cornell LoO:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners launched the 2011 State of the Birds website on May 3. This ground-breaking report used eBird data to determine the distribution of birds on public lands and waters. More than one-third of land and all oceans in the U.S. are owned by the American people, yet until now the importance of these public lands and waters to our nation's birds had not been quantified. For the first time, eBird data revealed that public lands support more than half of the U.S. distribution of more than 300 bird species! The report shows the tremendous importance of public lands for bird conservation and identifies the most important opportunities for public land agencies.
The State of the Birds report is an example of how the Cornell Lab partners with bird watchers, academic institutions, conservation organizations, and government agencies to gather, analyze, interpret, and disseminate scientific data for conservation. The analyses were made possible by support from the National Science Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Wolf Creek Foundation, and by the generosity of members and supporters of the Cornell Lab.
Visit http://www.stateofthebirds.org/ for more info.

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