Friday, December 21, 2012

Birds of Concord: Crowd-Sourcing a Big Year with Ludlow

On January 1, 2013 a virtual birder will be joining eBird.  His name is Ludlow G., and he will be a virtual field observer of every bird encountered in the town of Concord during 2013.  Being a bit old school, Ludlow doesn't own a computer (even though he enjoys being a avatar), but he certainly understands the value of a database that contains effort details, links to photos and sound files, and that can be mined for data on status and distribution.  After all, he wrote the seminal book, Birds of Concord (1949), using this approach.

On behalf of Ludlow, I will be accepting all shared eBird lists and non-ebird sightings in the town of Concord and entering them on his behalf during the year.  His goal is typical Ludlow, a modest 200 species, which he figures is possible given that several locals have northwards of 160 in 2012 and life lists over 190 in Great Meadows alone.  Ludlow is a bit flexible in how he defines town lines; if he can throw a stone from the town line and reach the location, it's in.  This brings in School Street fields, Kaveski Farm, Hanscomb at Virginia Rd.  Locals will know; out-of-towners can ask.

So, let's do a local Big Year with Ludlow!  In honor of the man and the book, share your sightings and let's see what he can find!

Share your sightings with davidswain79 [at]

Go Ludlow!

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