Contributed by John Alexander
As many bird populations continue to decline, local birders' data
are more important than ever. Manage your birding data and
explore the birds of our region at our own regional eBird node.
Become part of the Avian Knowledge Network today!
The Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads a regional Audubon
collaboration, working with the Redwood Regional and Klamath
Basin chapters, to support Klamath Bird Observatory and Cornell
Laboratory of Ornithology efforts to empower citizen scientists
for bird conservation.
The Klamath-Siskiyou eBird is an easy to use tool for organizing
your birding data. Keep track of your life lists and county lists.
Enter data from any location in the Americas. Enjoy exploring the
birds in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and contributing to
science and conservation.
Why should I eBIRD?
Every time that you see and identify a bird, you are holding a
piece of a puzzle. Whether you are casually watching birds in
your backyard, or chasing rare species across the country, you
are helping to put this puzzle together.
It might be a personal puzzle. For example, you might wonder
when Red-winged Blackbirds appear in your backyard each
spring or what time of day the Mourning Doves take a bath in
your neighborhood fountain. Each time that you see and identify
one of these birds-so long as you note the time and date-one
piece of the puzzle falls into place.
Unfortunately, just like puzzle pieces, these observations lose
their value if they remain separate from one another. The only
way that all these bird sightings make a contribution to our
understanding of nature is when they are collected and
organized into a central database where they can help complete
a picture of the life of birds. Check out the Klamath-Siskiyou
eBird and see for yourself.
eBird is this database. With thousands of birdwatchers across
the continent helping to construct it by contributing their
sightings, eBird will soon become a vast source of bird and
environmental information useful to bird watchers, scientists
and conservationists the world over.
By keeping track of your bird observations and entering them
into the Klamath-Siskiyou eBird database, you'll benefit too. You
can access your own bird records anytime you want, allowing you
an easy way to look at your observations in new ways and to
answer your personal questions about what birds you saw and
when and where you saw them. Keep your year list, site list, or
life list on the site.
If you use the Klamath-Siskiyou eBird web site
(www.eBird.org/Klamath-Siskiyou) to enter all your birding
information-and get your friends, family members, students, and
colleagues to use it as well-before long the answers to the
never-ending questions about birds will be found in the eBird
database, for use now and for generations that will follow.
|Something to ponder: "The last word of ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good
is it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.
If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like, but do not understand, then who but a
fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of
Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almanac
|Rogue Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 8597
Medford, OR 97501