I was never big on bird watching. My parents did a lot of it, and my older sister was a huge birdwatching fan. It just seemed boring to me. I can only admit to having a fondness for the flock of sparrows and finches that chirp and dance around my feeders each morning.
But this site I found, has me a bit more than chirp-fascinated.
It’s for everyone with any level of fascination with the natural world – that is bird lovers and bird watchers and casual bird noticers (oh look, there goes a bird!), and for all of your grands who may not know they would be fascinated. Yet.
This site has a migration gif* that tracks 118 different species of birds as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds in the western hemisphere.
There’s even a numbered key so you can track a particular bird – like a Black-billed Cuckoo or a Cape May Warbler or even a Veery (what is that?)…just to name a few of the 118 choices.
And all of this was put together by 4 really smart guys at Cornell from data collected by citizen scientists – that is, amateur bird lovers/watchers/lookers like any one of us – or any of our grands!
What fun would that be – a citizen scientist – it’s an official, published-about role in the scientific community! Who knew?
Not into birds? That’s ok. Just take a look anyway just cause it’s fascinating!
*A gif is an image file that is compressed to reduce transfer time. Simply put, it’s a cute animated graphic or photo that moves and doesn’t take too long to open up.