Cornell Lab of Ornithology: What Bird is Singing? Ask the Merlin Bird ID App for an Instant Answer

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: What Bird is Singing? Ask the Merlin Bird ID App for an Instant Answer . “Hear a bird singing? Today with the free Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can make a quantum leap in bird identification just by holding up your phone. As Merlin listens with you it uses AI technology to identify each species like magic, displaying in real time a list and photos of the birds that are singing or calling.”

Audubon: How Birders Are Boosting Their Yard Lists While They Sleep

Audubon: How Birders Are Boosting Their Yard Lists While They Sleep. “Nocturnal flight call (NFC) recording is a different kind of birding. It doesn’t require binoculars or even stepping foot outside. Instead, a microphone placed on a roof or wedged into an apartment window allows birders to eavesdrop on migrating birds overhead. On calm, quiet nights, inexpensive microphones are able to record birds calling hundreds of feet in the sky—far beyond the reach of our hearing—and cache their calls on a recording device for later review and identification.”

From Avocet to Zebra Finch: big data study finds more than 50 billion birds in the world (Phys .org)

Phys .org: From Avocet to Zebra Finch: big data study finds more than 50 billion birds in the world. “There are roughly 50 billion individual birds in the world, a new big data study by UNSW Sydney suggests—about six birds for every human on the planet. The study—which bases its findings on citizen science observations and detailed algorithms—estimates how many birds belong to 9700 different bird species, including flightless birds like emus and penguins.”

StarTribune: Site shows you bird data by ZIP code

StarTribune: Site shows you bird data by ZIP code. “Go to [the site], enter your ZIP code and hit update. You will be given the probability of a species having been reported there during the chosen month. You can click on a species to find out where best to find it during the selected month, a very cool service indeed. This works for any ZIP code in the U.S.”

Carteret County News-Times: NC Bird Atlas survey begins in March

Carteret County News-Times: NC Bird Atlas survey begins in March. “Audubon N.C. announced Jan. 15 the launch of the five-year survey. The statewide community science survey will harness the power of thousands of volunteer birdwatchers to map the distribution and abundance of birds from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks. The observations will give researchers a comprehensive picture of bird populations across North Carolina and help wildlife officials, land managers and conservation organizations make important conservation decisions about the state’s avian population.”

Phys .org: Combining data helps birds and bird research

Phys .org: Combining data helps birds and bird research . “It hasn’t been more than a year and a half since the international researchers’ network SPI-Birds started officially. Together they collect, secure and use long-term breeding population data of 1.5 million individually recognizable birds… and counting. Big questions in ecology and evolution can be answered using this data.”

Science: When COVID-19 silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory

Science: When COVID-19 silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory. “White-crowned sparrows are tough birds, able to survive the hustle and bustle of many North American cities. But growing noise pollution has forced males to sing louder, less effective songs in order to be heard by rivals and mates. During the pandemic lockdown this spring, the background din quieted. A new study shows that, in just a matter of weeks, the sparrows’ songs recovered the acoustic quality of songs sung decades ago, when city life was less noisy.”

Savannah Business Journal: DNR launches updated Georgia Birding & Wildlife Trails website

Savannah Business Journal: DNR launches updated Georgia Birding & Wildlife Trails website. “The Georgia Birding and Wildlife Trails website introduces each trail site with access tips, a map, a list of amenities, wildlife highlights and a link to eBird hotspots. Wildlife viewing resources include a printable species checklist with seasonality data, as well as information on birding basics, Georgia Audubon chapters, citizen science projects, bird curricula and conservation organizations. A new program logo showcases the great blue heron, a familiar species found throughout the state.”

Penn Live: Backyard bird feeding sales booming in pandemic

Penn Live: Backyard bird feeding sales booming in pandemic. “Downloads of online bird-identification apps are up by orders of magnitude. Two of the most popular apps, the National Audubon Society’s Mobile Bird Guide and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Merlin Bird ID, have each been downloaded at more than twice the rate as during the same period last year. Cornell’s bird-logging, citizen-science app, eBird, has seen nearly the same increase in activity this year.”

EurekAlert: Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends

EurekAlert: Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends. “Binoculars in hand, birders around the world contribute every day to a massive database of bird sightings worldwide. But while community science observations of birds can be useful data, it may not be enough to fill the data gaps in developing countries where professional bird surveys are insufficient or absent.”

XinhuaNet: China launches online birdwatching platform

XinhuaNet: China launches online birdwatching platform. “Chinese research institutions launched a birdwatching platform … for the study and protection of coastal wetlands and waterfowls. The platform is a cutting-edge system of bird identification and data collection, including a smartphone application, an online database, a mini-program for identifying bird species and a visual system for tracking bird migration routes.”

CGTN: Chinese researchers launch app to crowdsource data for bird conservation

CGTN: Chinese researchers launch app to crowdsource data for bird conservation. “Chinese scientists and researchers are looking to big data and crowdsourcing to shore up bird conservation and interest along China’s coast. The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Paulson Institute launched the iBirding app in Beijing on Friday, which will allow amateur birdwatchers and professional researchers alike to contribute to science by recording their bird sightings.”