Archive for December, 2008 Sneak Peek! December 17th, 2008

ChirpChatter originally started out as being a feature of ChirpTracker, but after some discussion with our team and gathering feedback from birders, we decided to build a full fledged (pun intended) app out of it, thus was born. There are many microblogging sites out there, the most famous of course being Twitter. We (as well as many other birders) recognized that this format for sharing information could be excellent for birders to report sightings and connect the birding community. Many birders are already starting to report their sightings on Twitter, however Twitter is quite generalized and not targeted to a specific niche. This is where ChirpChatter comes in. We have basically created a “Twitter for birders”. We have taken the great parts about Twitter and molded our own “birder” version by adding valuable features to make ChirpChatter work for you, the birder and user.

We’re planning on releasing a private beta to a select few very shortly to help give us a first impression on how you, the user is going to react to it. We have some users in mind to ask to help test, but if you just can’t wait to get your hands on ChirpChatter, contact us and we’ll see what we can do. We’re not going to spill the beans on all of our shiny features… yet, but we might tell a few individuals some secrets!

ChirpChatter Home Preview

Oh… and yes, we ARE going to give you Twitter support :) . This means that you don’t have to leave all your Twittering friends behind! We have plans to link your ChirpChatter account with your Facebook account too if you want! (You will have the option to turn on/off these settings as you like!)

ChirpChatter Home Preview

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or just want to say hi, we would love to hear from you (Especially if you are a birder)! You can contact us or post in the comments. Any feedback you can give us will make a better experience for everyone.

Hunt for the World’s Rarest Bird December 6th, 2008

We read a lot of birding news from a variety of sources each week. However, one article stood out to us this morning. Bird watchers are on the search for what is believed to be the world’s rarest bird species, the Slender-Billed Curlew

“Birdwatchers from Britain to Asia are being asked to look out for a species whose breeding grounds have never been found, but are thought to be in some of the world’s remotest places – the steppes of Kazakhstan and the marshes of western Siberia. In winter, the bird migrates south-westward through the Middle East to the Mediterranean basin, where it has been seen as far west as Morocco.

~Michael McCarthey – The Independent”

Please read the full article. We hope you find it as fascinating as we have. If anyone has added the Slender-Billed Curlew to their life list, we want to hear from you ASAP!