Klamath Bird Observatory, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1 (Pacific), in collaboration with Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and many conservation partners, have developed eBird Northwest, building a broad regional partnership around the eBird citizen science application. eBird Northwest is a regional portal of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s international eBird program. An eBird Northwest Content Committee is actively generating stories, articles, notes, and other tools of interest to birders and conservation practitioners in the Northwest. Additionally, a Citizen Science Committee is working with partners, developing relevant, regional eBird projects that are linked or hosted through eBird Northwest. These projects address specific objectives, meet data needs, and encourage users to contribute data that will inform conservation.
eBird Northwest serves as the primary citizen science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest by providing content and services to bird‐watching and natural resource management audiences in northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and the surrounding areas. With eBird Northwest we are building broad regional and state partnerships to (1) expand participation in eBird and citizen science efforts that can support conservation through informed natural resource management, (2) engage the birding community, (3) provide a news and information service that enhances recreational wildlife viewing and links such recreation with science‐based conservation efforts, and (4) increase the coverage and availability of citizen science data for conservation and education purposes. This new eBird portal will also serve as a host to more specific citizen science projects that can be issue- or habitat-driven (e.g., Birds in Oak Woodlands, or Important Bird Area Monitoring), or geographically-based (e.g., state wildlife monitoring).
Avian Knowledge Northwest is a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network, a data archive and decision support system that focuses on understanding the patterns and dynamics of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. The Avian Knowledge Northwest node provides conservation science data and information to users in the northwestern United States. As the primary citizen science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest, eBird Northwest will support efficient engagement with northwestern audiences to advance bird and habitat conservation. In addition eBird Northwest will encourage engagement from specific local and state partners and will provide a portal to attract local and state birding communities to citizen science projects as well as share birding information and news relevant to the local and broader eBird communities.
We are seeking a broad partnership to support and participate in the development and growth of eBird Northwest, to connect users into one of the world’s most significant long‐term science projects, and to make the Pacific Northwest one of the most eBirded regions in the world. For more information contact John Alexander (jda[AT]KlamathBird.org, 541-890-7067) or Ellie Armstrong (eea[AT]KlamathBird.org , 541-201-0866). For WDFW, contact Wendy Connally (Wendy.Connally[AT]dfw.wa.gov, 360-902-2695).