The New York Instances is asking folks to go birdwatching this summer season as a part of a 4-month community-science challenge. Their intention: to assist folks join with birds, and to make use of birders’ collective efforts to assemble knowledge from locations the place it’s most wanted. The challenge is open to folks at any stage of expertise—there can be totally different urged actions for newbies and skilled birders.
The Cornell Lab is working with the Instances to assist make knowledge assortment simple and to retailer observations in a single place—eBird, the world’s largest citizen-science database. Individuals can use our free birding apps, Merlin, which helps determine birds by sight and sound; and eBird, which provides highly effective instruments for locating birds and reporting them by way of standardized checklists.
Participation is free—simply full a brief signup course of. You don’t want a New York Instances subscription to take part.
In the event you already use Merlin or eBird you’re greater than midway there. Simply full the signup course of in order that the Instances can fill you in on their plans (together with prompts and challenges over the course of the challenge). Then maintain figuring out and reporting birds as you usually do.