BNA Says Thanks to Birdsharers
December 9, 2008
It’s been a while since we checked in with our flickr group, Birdshare, to see what’s new. But the Lab folks who run Birds of North America Online (located just upstairs from Round Robin Central) have been putting your contributions to good use – and now they want to say thanks.
The Birds of North America series is a monumental effort to gather all available scientific information about every bird species in North America (north of Mexico) and Hawaii. The initial effort took 10 years and the volunteer work of hundreds of scientists to complete, and you can now find the multivolume set in libraries around the world.
But the thing about science is it’s always moving forward. Recognizing this, the Birds of North America editors moved the whole operation online in 2003, making the accounts available for a modest subscription and using the proceeds to continue revising, updating, and serving the accounts. The Birdshare photo pool is proving to be a huge help with the difficult task of finding images to document behavior and plumages.
Since Birdshare went live in July, BNA managing editor Stacy Oborn has combed through your contributions. So far, she’s used 164 photos of 121 species to update BNA species accounts. Those photos have come from 48 Birdshare members. As Stacy puts it, “Thanks to everyone for providing the Lab with this really rich resource!”
To show her thanks, she’d like to award a free, one-year subscription to BNA to the four contributors so far who have 10 or more photos in use. Those four top contributors are Byard Miller with 19 photos, Debbie McKenzie with 14, Michael Hogan with 12, and Robin Bird with 11.
We’d also like to say thank-you to the other 44 Birdsharers whose photos are in use at BNA, by giving you a free one-month subscription so you can check out your photo and look around at the rest of the resource. As we go forward, Stacy will keep offering subscriptions to contributors whose photos wind up in BNA, so please keep on Birdsharing!
We hope you’ll enjoy the Birds of North America accounts – they’re kind of like a turbocharged version of All About Birds, and are widely regarded as the world’s definitive source of scientific information about these more than 700 bird species.
By contributing, you’re joining ranks with the hundreds of scientists who volunteered to write these accounts, and you’re continuing the Lab’s long tradition of finding ways for the general public to advance the causes of science and conservation. With each shutter click, you’re helping us learn a little more about the natural world. Thank you.
Birdshare members in BNA: Next week, we’ll start contacting you through your flickr account to set up your free subscriptions – so check your flickr mail!
The Veteran Naturalist
P.S. Stay tuned for more Birdshare news on this blog coming soon. We’ve got a list of 50 species we could use help with.