Anyways, I wanted to share some of the things I showed in my presentation, so here they are:
|Number of ebird observations for Ontario by year 2002-2011|
|All-time checklists per county across Ontario|
all show up higher than you might expect. The reason? Those areas have had large databases uploaded from a person or organization (for example Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists Club for Waterloo) that have kept historical bird records. The same is true for Toronto (the Toronto Ornithological club uploaded almost 9000 checklists in 2011). I am a big supporter of this since it makes that data available for anyone- including the very people that have been committed contributors of records over the years. The KFN is dedicated to getting their data onto ebird too, but it has to first be digitized. I'm hoping to convince more clubs and organizations this is a great place to store records.
|Frequency of detections of Cerulean Warbler at Erica's cottage|
|A portion of the barchart for the three counties around Kingston|
|Frequency of Cerulean Warbler observations in June by county in southern Ontario|
|White-winged Crossbill sightings on ebird December 2008-May 2009|
|The same thing but for the period September 2009-May 2010 (for comparison)|
This is my favourite example of ebird data exploration. It shows the massive White-winged Crossbill irruption into the lower Great Lakes and northeast US during the winter of 2008/2009 compared to the following winter. Pretty awesome! You can see a similar trend from CBC data, but ebird allows you to refine your searches and look over a longer or shorter period of time. Try checking out the maps in ebird during this time for White-winged Crossbill and restrict it to a single month and watch the progression of the irruption through the winter.
There were lots of other ebird features I shared, including some new things like the rare bird, year needs, and all-time needs alerts (you can subscribe down to the county level for any of these), the ebird top 100, patch and yard games, and ebird animated occurrence maps.
If you aren't using ebird yet, what are you waiting for?