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Presentation by Denis Lepage on Bird Studies Canada, delivered at the Water and Environmental Hub track of the 2011 Cybera Summit.

Presentation by Denis Lepage on Bird Studies Canada, delivered at the Water and Environmental Hub track of the 2011 Cybera Summit.

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  • 1. eBird as a successfulexample of citizen science DENIS LEPAGE BIRD STUDIES CANADA
  • 2. Data for conservationEcological questions§  Where does the species occur spatially?§  Where is it most abundant?§  Has its distribution changed over time?§  How does the distribution relates to other ecological factors?
  • 3. Data for conservation§  Without proper data, we can’t answer those questions§  Lack of data for a vast majority of species
  • 4. Citizen science
  • 5. Citizen scienceBird Studies Canada programs:§  dozens of monitoring programs§  20,000 volunteer bird-watchers§  nearly a million observation records each year§  potentially millions of contributors
  • 6. Citizen scienceUnderstanding the motivations of participants:§  Easy§  Rewarding §  data for greater good of science §  personalized rewards §  social aspect §  etc.
  • 7. http://ebird.ca
  • 8. Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
  • 9. Eurasian Collared-Dove | Range Expansion
  • 10. Data quality A dog bird A Catbird—  17% of all checklists submitted to eBird are flagged by the automated filters.—  These flagged records are then reviewed by regional experts in bird distribution.
  • 11. Data standards www.naturecounts.caWork with partnersto agree on datasharing standards• AKN’s BirdMonitoring DataExchange (BMDE)•  Over 100 millionrecords on birdsFacilitate access todata•  Data nodes•  Download portal•  Web services
  • 12. Common Tern Thank you!!