Little Rock, Arkansas

Jim Allen

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Little Rock, Arkansas

1818 N Taylor St
Little Rock, AR 72207

Phone: (501) 666-4210
Fax: (501) 661-0552
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Citizen Scientist Projects

(listed in order of the calendar year)

"Citizen Scientist" is a term that has been coined to describe everyday folks like you and me who participate in various projects that assist scientists in researching various aspects of animal behavior, be it migration, feeding, nesting, etc.  There are two important "Citizen Scientist" (CS) projects that occur annually, specifically having to do with birds and for which you need never leave the comfort of your own home (unless you want to!).  In addition, the newer eBird project is an ongoing CS project that uses technology like never before to create a 'real time' picture of bird movement.  Below, in each description, you will find a link to that particular event general information website.  You may need to register in advance for some events, so please pay careful attention to the organization's website!  Happy Birding!
 

February - The Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird CountWhen you feed the birds in your backyard, it shows that you value having a daily relationship with nature and that you are willing to take action to foster it.  The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make a difference by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.

The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place each February. Count the birds in your backyard for as little as 15 minutes, and then simply report the information online.  Full instructions, including count forms, are available at http://gbbc.birdcount.org.

This extensive information data base is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns.

 

December - Audubon Christmas Bird Count  

Each December, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.  For more details on how to participate, click HERE.

 

Ongoing - eBird

eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data. A simple and intuitive web-interface engages tens of thousands of participants to submit their observations or view results via interactive queries into the eBird database. eBird encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that maintain their personal bird records and enable them to visualize data with interactive maps, graphs, and bar charts. All these features are available in English, Spanish, and French.

A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. eBird provides various options for data gathering including point counts, transects, and area searches. Automated data quality filters developed by regional bird experts review all submissions before they enter the database. Local experts review unusual records that are flagged by the filters.  Sign up at http://ebird.org/.

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