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September 10- “eBird: What Does it Mean to You?” with Brian Wulker, Fernald Preserve, Harrison, OH


Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September through May in the 2nd floor usually in the conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, eBird gathers basic data on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. As of November 2016, over 330,000 unique users have submitted over 26 million checklists, more than 366 million observations, and data for over 10,300 species to the program. eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network. The data are then available via internet queries in a variety of formats. eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data. A web interface allows participants to submit their observations or view results via interactive queries of the database. Internet tools maintain personal bird records and enable users to visualize data with interactive maps, graphs, and bar charts. All these features are available in a dozen languages.

Brian Wulker is an environmental scientist with both a BS and MS degree from Morehead State University, Kentucky who works for Navarro Research and Engineering at the Fernald Preserve in Harrison, Ohio where he has primary responsibilities in restored area maintenance and monitoring of constructed wetlands and prairies. Brian is an avid and accomplished birder and bird photographer. Brian also volunteers as an eBird regional editor for Ohio and northern Kentucky to review bird records and maintain data quality in eBird.


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