BPP • E-Newsletter • September 2008

Contact the BPP:

Jessica Zelt

Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705

Phone: (301) 497-5745
Fax: (301) 497-5624
E-mail: jzelt@usgs.gov

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Understanding global climate change and how it is affecting bird
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The North American Bird Phenology Program (BPP) has been busy the past month. New and returning volunteers have been scanning migration cards and other office tasks. Due to the high interest in working on Saturday I have opened up Saturday hours to accommodate our growing volunteer pool. To date we have scanned just over 60,000 records of Common Nighthawks, Chimney Swifts, Black-throated Blue Warblers and many, many more. If you would like to know which species have been scanned, please visit the BPP website’s all new “Stats and Data” page. Thank you to all our volunteers for their commitment, hard work, and enthusiasm for the BPP!
I have recently met with our computer programmer who is creating the BPP database. A version of the database has been completed and we will be using it in the office for the next few weeks to work out the kinks before putting it online. When it becomes live, people across the world can go onto the BPP website, and convert these pdf files of the migration cards into the database. We rely solely on volunteers to transcribe these historical records into the database and appreciate your patience while we complete this piece of the program.
Recently, Eric Turner, who currently works for The Boeing Company, has begun volunteering on our database and website development. Eric will be creating tracking systems which will display how many cards have been scanned, transcribed, are available to be transcribed and from which states on the website. This system will also be available on each individual’s BPP login page, to show each person how many cards they have transcribed and of which species. We are so excited to have Eric working on the program and greatly appreciate his expertise and insight in developing the online portion of the program.
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.


Jessica Zelt
Program Coordinator