Broome Bird Observatory embraces Birdata
For 30 years, the team at the Broome Bird observatory have concluded each day with the famous Bird Log, where staff and visitors alike log the sightings of the day.
“Perhaps the most important function of Bird Log is the opportunity to meet other birders, staff and fellow guests, become familiar with the species you can expect to see around the Observatory and have a chat! We really enjoy Bird log as it’s a great way to introduce newcomers to the Observatory and involve people who are beginning birders” …. but now the team have added structured surveys to the mix, so that the sightings fit into the methodology of data collected for Birdata. The surveys include 20 min 2 hectare counts which they call the Obs Survey, which follow a few regularly travelled fixed routes.
Andrew Silcocks, BirdLife’s Birdata program manager has been assisting Broome Bird Observatory with the development of the additional surveys and is delighted with the results.
To read more, check out the BBO’s engaging blog post here - makes me want to down tools and head to the Observatory to get involved!