By Colleen Oakley | vetstreet.com
Think all bird watchers are blue-haired retirees?
It was actually a 12-year-old boy who recently logged the 100 millionth observation on eBird, a popular site where birders can record daily feathered-critter sightings.
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Two scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in conjunction with Audubon, launched eBird in 2002 with the sole purpose of creating a massive scientific database of citizen observations about avian abundance and distribution. Since then, more than 93,000 people have submitted their findings.
But eBird wasn't always such a raging success.
"The first few years of the project failed to capture much interest," says Cornell eBird project leader Chris Wood. "In hindsight, we had done a very good job of thinking about how to gather data so that it would be useful for the scientific community, but we hadn'tRead More »from Bird Lovers Around the World Help Log 100 Million Observations on EBird