The Easiest Way to Map Your eBird History #myebirdhistory

Drew Weber|

I was recently introduced to a mapping website that works well with eBird data by a Facebook post by Ted Floyd. Hamstermap.com lets you upload simple latitude/longitude data and display it on a map for quick visualization of all sorts of great things, in this case your personal eBird data. I’ll show you some of the maps I created, and …

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Get ready for eBird Profiles!

Drew Weber|

eBird is slowly and steadily becoming the go-to bird observation collection tool for birders around the world, and has reached this point by regularly releasing new tools to see what others are reporting, compete with your fellow birders on any geographical level, and learn all about ranges and distributions of birds on a global scale. While it has been game-changing to …

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BREAKING: Leica releases new Noctivid binocular line

Drew Weber|

Leica has been teasing something new for a while, and has just announced a new flagship binocular. The press release is calling it “simply the brightest, sharpest, highest contrast and purest color images available in a binocular today”. Based on the specs (see below) and Leica’s reputation, I would wager that this is not just PR bluster, and that these new binoculars …

Ten People to Follow at #NAOC2016

Drew Weber|

Not everyone can make it to the 2016 edition of the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington D.C. this week. However, the twittersphere has been doing a great job keeping the rest of us up to date on what is going on. Below are some of the most active accounts that I follow to keep up with interesting NAOC news. Let me know …

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Here is how Pokemon Go is birding.

Drew Weber|

So Nintendo emerged from its decade long slump and finally released a hit, although this time it wasn’t on its own console, but on iPhone and Android smartphones. Pokemon GO basically forces users to move around (literally) to collect classic Pokemon characters through their smart phone screens in the real world. It brings out the hoarding habits of the 14-year-old …

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The Ultimate Guide to Migration Online

Drew Weber|

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It’s definitely time for migration and birds are already on the move throughout the country! Where should you look for predictions, background info, or anything else related to migration? What follows is an ever-changing list of readily available migration related resources. Originally compiled by Tim Schreckengost several years ago, we will be updating the list going forward as new sources …

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Drew Weber|

1. Gyrfalcon Invasion 2015 2. Digiscoping Round up 3. Pigeons and Doves of South Africa 4. Goodbye Moorhen, Hello Gallinule 5. Lincoln’s Sparrow vs Song Sparrow- PSU Fall Banding 6. Optics Review – Leica Ultravid HD 7. Indoor Cat; Happy Cat 8. Short-Tailed Hawks: Determining Age and Color Type 9. Golden Eagle Migration in PA 10. Aging Peregrine Falcons in the Field

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Big Years ending, more starting up!

Drew Weber|

The start of a new year is a great time to look at all of the Big Years that were completed in 2015, and the new efforts that are just starting. There were some very notable big year efforts in 2015, and some equally World Big Year With 6,042 species, Noah Strycker not only passed the old record…he thoroughly crushed it and …