Introducing Eremaea eBird -- an eBird portal for Australia!

By Team eBird February 11, 2014
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Superb Parrot, Deniliquin, AU, 11 October. Photograph by Brian Sullivan.

On 1 February 2014, a new eBird portal was released called Eremaea eBird, dedicated to birding in Australia. Through a historic partnership with the founders of “Eremaea Birds” and a newly formed group of supporting Australian organizations, we have merged the former “Eremaea Birds” system into eBird, bringing with it nearly 3.5 million historical bird records from Australia, a highly motivated group of new participants, as well as the expertise of the local Australian birding community for vetting data. We are very pleased to welcome our new partners from Australia to the eBird family!

From the Eremaea Birds site:

Background

Eremaea eBird is the Australian portal for the global eBird project, managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Eremaea eBird is the result of the merger of Eremaea Birds, a not-for-profit project of the Australian company Eremaea Pty Ltd, and eBird.

Eremaea Birds was launched in 2003 and was the world’s first global, on-line bird atlasing system. eBird was launched in 2002 for North America and went global in 2010. At the Eremaea Birds Moderators’ Conference in 2013 it was decided that partnership with eBird would provide Eremaea Birds members with the best possible resources and the most effective application of their data for conservation and research in the long term. With strong support from the University of Queensland Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Eremaea eBird has become a reality.

Eremaea eBird priorities

Eremaea’s priorities will be to maintain a high level of data quality, to promote atlasing across Australia, to ensure that atlas data is used as widely as possible for conservation and research, and to report regularly on the application of this data to conservation and research projects. Data quality will be maintained by an experienced and friendly team of local moderators who will ensure that unusual records are adequately documented and that sites conform to guidelines. We will work with birding clubs around the country to gain the best possible geographic and temporal coverage of bird distribution across the country.

We will widely promote the availability of eBird data to conservation managers and researchers across the country. In particular, all eBird data for the Australian region will be available to Birdlife Australia for incorporation into their Atlas Project.

Our editorial committee will regularly publish quality articles from reviewers, conservation managers and researchers on all aspects of Eremaea eBird, from pointers on how to get the most from your bird records to reports on how the data is being used for conservation and research.

Black Falcon, Deniliquin, AU. Photograph by Brian Sullivan.

Black Falcon, Deniliquin, AU. Photograph by Brian Sullivan.