Friday, Apr 24, 2020
Field Trip Leader: You!
Yes, we have canceled our field trips and bird walks in compliance with the Governor’s orders. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do good work as a club, go birding on our own and share what we find with each other and beyond.
April is Citizen Science month in the US and so we can do some Citizen Science. The long weekend of April 24-27 has been chosen for the City Nature Challenge and whether your city is participating or not your contributions help. All you have to do, sometime during that period, and for as much time as you want to spend, enter the plants and animals you see into iNaturalist. One of the cool things about iNaturalist is that if you add a photo, you don’t have to know what the species is. The systems algorithms and experts in the area will identify your photo for you!
So for our club field trip, lets each of us who are able to get out, do some birding, and enter whatever we find (birds and more) into iNaturalist.Susan and Guy plan to thoroughly bioblitz their yard and enter their data in iNaturalist with bird observations also going to eBird (feel free to share your list with MBC_Group_Account).
For detailed instructions, see:
PS. As a bonus, if you live in a community where there is an organized city challenge (like Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Louisa) your entries will not only count generally but also help that community get as many species as they can. In other years, this is a competition, but because of COVID-19, this year, it is not a competition.