Friday, May 8, 2015

Getting ready for the Global Big Day

During last night Panama Audubon Society's monthly meeting, we had the pleasure to receive two eBird project leaders, Christopher Wood and Marshall Iliff, who talked about the next Global Big Day and eBird in general. The idea is simple... to record most of the birds of the world into eBird checklists in May 9th, 2015.  This is the first ever Global Big Day, and Cornell Lab's Team Sapsucker chose our country to tally as many birds they can in 24 hours!  So far, their scouting trips have been exceptionally successful, finding (and documentating) very rare birds for Panama and the region, like Black Swift, Jabirú, Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, among others!
Many people have shown interest in participating in this event in Panama; so far, 25 teams have signed up for eBirding along the length and breadth of our country and I'm sure this event has raised awareness about the importance of this tool for citizen science.  Personally, I'll be birding in central Panama and will try to cover as many habitats possible in the way.  Good luck to ALL the eBirders, specially to Team Sapsucker!
Chris, Jan and Marshall

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