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eBird Science: Distribution predictions using eBird data are comparable to those from satellite transmitters

Ever since satellite technology has been small enough to put on a bird, researchers have been using transmitters to ask questions about birds that were previously unanswerable. Although some questions still can’t be answered with anything aside from satellites (e.g., precise paths of migrating birds throughout their entire annual cycle), a paper published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation¬†shows that eBird data can be comparable to satellite data when creating species distribution models.¬†The authors of the open-access paper “Species distribution models for a migratory bird based on citizen science and satellite tracking data” have written a great account of their research on Band-tailed Pigeons (below). Thanks to Chris Coxen, Jennifer Frey, Scott Carleton, and Dan Collins for taking the time to share their work with the eBird community.

FREE Educator Workshop on Wild Bird Conservation Curriculum!

Wisdom, the world’s oldest banded bird!

This year is the celebration of the oldest banded bird, Wisdom, who was banded 60 years ago! Chandler Robbins is the biologist who banded Wisdom and recently he held a question and answer session for all those who are curious about this spectacular bird! Q&A: Chan Robbins Talks about Wisdom, the World’s Oldest Banded Bird

Educator Training Workshop on Wild Bird Curriculum for GK-12!

Educators here’s another chance to attend our educator training workshop on wild bird conservation curriculum for grades K-12! It’s a FREE 2-day training workshop where you’ll get hands-on experience, network, and receive 16 hours of professional development! Reserve your spot today by emailing Janel Ortiz, Program Coordinator, at TAMUKBirdsGK12@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Guess what starts tomorrow?! Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count! Beginning tomorrow Friday February 12 through Monday February 15, citizens are urged to go out and count the birds around your home or anywhere you’d like! It’s easy to start, simply make an account on ebird.org, or if you already have an existing […]

Whooping Crane wintering in Kleberg County!

The endangered Whooping Crane (Grus americana) has been spotted in Kleberg County (home of CKWRI)! Sightings of a single individual have been coming in since November, and that individual hasn’t moved much within the area! It is hanging out with some friends, a flock of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). The population of Whooping Cranes is […]

Calling all Science Educators!

FREE training workshop for educators at the GK-12 level! Learn about techniques and research in bird conservation. Click here and download the flyer for more information!

Wintering sparrows have arrived!

Heading into November we are beginning to see the rush of sparrows move into our South Texas survey sites. Some species we expect to see/have seen are Lincoln’s, White-crowned, Savannah, Clay-colored, Lark, and Vesper Sparrows among many others. Surveys should be interesting as sparrows tend to move in mixed flocks. What sparrows have you seen?

Fall migration is here!

If you haven’t noticed the new neighbors flying by, start looking up! Fall migration has begun with everyone moving south for the winter. Researchers from CKWRI spotted flocks of Orchard Orioles on the move during the monthly surveys of South Texas ranches. Various species of warblers were also sighted including Wilson’s, Canada, and Yellow warblers! […]

Spreading Citizen Science Opportunities to Texas Teachers!

Researchers with STWB will be presenting a hands-on workshop at the CAST 2015 conference sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of Texas. Teachers will have the opportunity to walk through the process of data entry via the website and an Excel file. They will also learn the different features of the STWB website so they […]