Writer and researcher explains eBird 

Brian Sullivan, the researcher and writer, will explain eBird, a database at eBird.org, for fellow birders at an Audubon Society-sponsored event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center on Franklin Street.

What is eBird? It’s an online database of bird records. Bird watchers can contribute their observations to this database.

Why was eBird created? The hypothesis was that information gathered by bird watchers is valuable and can be organized and used by the scientific community.

How would scientists use the data? To explore patterns of bird occurrence and distribution on a large scale.

What is your role with eBird? I’m the eBird project manager for the western region. There are three of us that manage the eBird project, and we spread out the workload geographically.

How popular is eBird? We’re at the point where we gather between 1 [million]and 2 million observations per month. Right now, it’s limited to the Western Hemisphere, but we’re working on releasing it globally.

What is your favorite local birding location? Point Pinos at Pacific Grove in Monterey.

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