For 90 years starting in 1880, thousands of amateur scientists across the U.S. carefully tracked the onset and timing of bird migration, sending hand-written bird record cards to government scientists until 1970. Those 6 million cards are a largely forgotten gold mine of information – if they can be entered into a database.
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is asking for volunteers to help transcribe these cards. More than 100,000 cards have been scanned, and volunteers from anywhere in the world can log in and transfer the data for as many or few of these cards as they have time to do. This is a way you can help with important bird research even for a few minutes a day – plus you get a glimpse at some amazing historical records!
If you have some spare time in your busy schedules we encourage you to participate in this program. For more information you can head on over to the Phenology program website: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/