Send Bird-Watching Data Straight to Scientists With Your Smartphone

A new smartphone app allows bird watchers to share sightings with scientists straight from the field.

BirdLog, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a companion tool for eBird, the world’s largest online database of bird observations.

Gathered by bird watchers around the world, eBird data is used by biologists, land managers and ornithologists to track avian populations trends. according to eBird’s program overview, these millions of hobbyist observations “will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.”

One obstacle to participation, however, is the labor involved in transferring field notes to eBird through its regular browser-based interface. Early reviews from Apple’s app store celebrate the convenience of entering observations directly from phones.

“Prior to downloading this app I submitted about 5 to 10 eBird checklists a month,” said one reviewer. “now I’m on pace to submit 30 or 40.”

BirdLog is available for $9.99 through Apple and for Android devices.

Send Bird-Watching Data Straight to Scientists With Your Smartphone


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