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Share your sightings via Text or Email! April 21st, 2009

For the first time ever (as far as we know) you can submit a sighting directly from the field with any cell phone with text messaging capabilities! You can submit a sighting via text message and share it with the rest of the ChirpTracker community, automatically creating a map of where your sighting is located and the species you saw!

In order to take advantage of the new texting feature, you will need to click the “Edit My Profile” link in the left navigation and then click the “Mobile” tab (http://chirptracker.com/account/mobile). Here you can see the email address generated for you, while having the ability to customize your pin number in your email address to something you can easily remember. You can use your unique address to email or text your sightings and updates directly into your ChirpTracker account. Capture your sightings as you see them and share them instantly with other community members, streamlining the ability to share sightings instantly as never before.

In order to post a sighting via text or email, you will need to follow the sightings format. The format is as follows:

S "Species Name" L "Location" Followed by your message

In the near future, when you come in from the field and log into ChirpTracker, you will be able to export your sightings from that day into many formats, including full support for eBird! So while you are out in the field recording and sending your sightings to ChirpTracker, at the end of the day you’ll be able to share a compiled list with other applications and people!

If you aren’t already a member of ChirpTracker, you can request an invite to the private beta by going to chirptracker.com.

Good Birding!

Birds Travel North for Winter February 22nd, 2009

I came across this interesting video by CBSNewsOnline that talks about how birds over the past decades have been traveling farther north because of climate changes. Enjoy.

According to a report, many species of birds are responding to increasing climate change by traveling north instead of south. John Blackstone reports.