An app that harnesses the powers of citizen science and big data is collecting information about wild birds across Australia
The eBird app debuted in Australia late last year and is already being used by thousands of bird watchers to generate more than 14,000 bird lists every month. Information can be added in the app or at the eBird Australia website.
"Birds are excellent indicators of environmental change and understanding their populations is not only important for protecting birds, but also for conserving other animals and plants," said Professor Hugh Possingham.
"Since global conservation is not adequately funded, scientists often look to the public to collect valuable data in their day-to-day lives – that’s where eBird comes in."
The The beauty of eBird is its simplicity. Bird counts can be updated live and existing lists and birdwatching hotspots are available on an interactive map. And it’s a great way for birdwatchers to keep track of what they have seen and where. Every record is vetted to minimise errors in this massive global database.