Another day, another amazing opportunity for all citizen science folks to shine! BirdTrack has now come up with their own exclusive mobile application which helps make studying birds even better.
BirdTrack is an exciting project, a partnership between several ornithologist societies and departments from across the UK with a common aim of studying migration movements and distribution of birds. The idea behind the application issimple: if you are already a keen watcher of birds or simply enjoy being around them, record anything that you might find important or unusual about them and submit it via the application.
The project is year round and anyone who has the slightest knowledge of birds can register an account and contribute. Contributions of unusual sightings from fellow citizen scientists has helped the project to map migration timings of several types of birds, they can now predict not only the arrival departure time of a number of winter birds but also what specific routes they usually take. Also, given that there are many scarce birds living throughout the UK, reporting a sighting from the application with a geo tagged picture will greatly help in identifying the habitat of these birds. This in turn helps others make the UK a friendlier place for them. Using the sightings sent by the volunteers, BirdTrack can also investigate how birds disperse through the country; for example, do they travel north or move to the west in spring time?
You can easily sign up from the login page and create an account for yourself as a volunteer by providing necessary details. Once done, you can create a new record straight from the home screen and chose if you want to keep it for yourself or if you would like to forward it to BirdTrack and report the incident. The app automatically geo-tags your entry if you have location services turned on.