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New Google Gadgets Tap Into eBird [Observations]

April 19, 2011
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Yes, I am way behind in publishing posts to this blog.  I’m going to skip giving excuses this time (and in a bit of forewarning, I’m not even going to mention how pathetically slow I am anymore) and just get to the nitty-gritty.

This is for you eBirders out there.

Well, that’s not true. This is for anyone wanting eBird data to work for you, and you don’t even have to contribute. You can depend on the kindness of those more obsessive-compulsive birders who do.

Zachary DeBruine has released three Google Gadgets that tap into the eBird database to let you, the birder, find out what’s been seen in your defined area.  The first gadget allows you to pick a place, like your home or favorite patch, and it displays on your Google page what’s been reported.  The other two gadgets let you choose which species to show, or which to ignore:  a “wants list” and a “needs list.”

So, check out his blog, Birdventure, and use eBird to easily find out when that rarity shows up within driving distance of your armchair!

(OK, an aside, just between you and me:  maybe this will motivate you to contribute, as some of the birds you observe may be needed or wanted by some of your neighbors.  Spread the wealth!)

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