The North American Bird Phenology Program (BPP) has been working hard this past month to complete the online data entry system. New and returning volunteers have been using different versions of the data entry system in the office to work out problems that arise and to ensure that the system is user friendly. Our computer programmer, Kevin Laurent, is now working to make that system usable on the web, which we expect to take just a few weeks.
Office volunteers have also continued scanning migration cards. To date we have approximately 70,000 records of Carolina Parakeet, Barred Owl, Spotted Owl, Yellow-rumped Warbler and many other species scanned. To see a full list of the species scanned thus far, please visit: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/DataEntryLogin.cfm. And once again, let me take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their dedication and time. This program is run almost entirely by volunteers and our progress is a direct result of their efforts.
When the online data entry system becomes live, the BPP will be relying on volunteers worldwide to go onto the BPP website, and convert these pdf files of the migration cards into the database. So stayed tuned- we will need your help soon!
Please contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to check out the BPP website for more information. The website is under constant revision and more content will be added soon.