BPP E-Newsletter AUGUST 2009

Current Migration Card Count:

• 1,523 online volunteers
• 151,988 cards transcribed online
• 16 office volunteers
• 363,198 cards scanned in the office


  • The Audubon Magaizine Q&A article on the BPP is out!! You can buy a copy of the September/October Issue.
  • The Data Entry Login Beta v3 has been undergoing a few glitches due to security software recently implimented. Please e-mail me with specific details if you experience any problems.
  • I have begun to highlight some of the online participants on the Featured Photos webpage. Please email me a picture of yourself transcribing from your home computer, couch, office or wherever! Include your name and location in the email.
  • The BPP website is being revamped! The new Featured Photos page should be up within the week. If you have any suggestions or additional information you would like to find on the website- please email me.
  • We are still in need of office volunteers who can come in and scan migration cards. If you are in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area- come on in!
  • Online Participants- remember to mouse over the stats bars on the transcription screen to get the card count!
BPP Database and Interface

Recent Change to Interface:

  • Both the Breeds and Overwinters fields now have a default setting of "unknown." Participants only need change this if the card contains information that the species bred or wintered in that area.

Coming Soon:

  • AOU Number reference on left-hand panel
  • Chart for entering in cards with multiple event dates spanning more than one year


A HUGE thank you to all of the office volunteers who come in each week and scan migration cards. It is only through their hard work and dedication to the program that it contines.

I would like to recognize the following office volunteers for their volunteer milestones:

100 Volunteer Hours: Michelle Baird, Shannon Beliew, Janice Devine, Bob Hartman

80 Volunteer Hours: Kitty Dymek

50 Volunteer Hours: Dale Connelly, Lauren Pulz


Ira N. Gabrielson was born on September 27, 1889, in rural Sioux Rapids, Iowa, the elder son to Scandinavian parents. He attended college in 1908 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where his bird photographs were noticed by Dr. T.C. Stephens, then the editor of the Wilson Bulletin. As written in Gabrielson's memoirs, "When I learned through Dr. Stephens there were actually jobs where people were paid for studying birds and mammals, I knew exactly what I wanted to do." This decision terminated financial support from his father who had intended for Gabrielson to attend law school. Gabrielson graduated in 1912 with a B.A. degree in Biology. Shortly after, he married his high school sweetheart, Clara Speer, with whom he raised four children and was married to for 65 years.

In 1912, Gabrielson taught biology, mathematics and agriculture at Marshalltown, Iowa and then accepted a graduate fellowship with the Bureau of Biological Survey at the University of Iowa. Through the advice of his advisors, Gabrielson accepted a job under W.L. McAtee at the bird food habits laboratory in Washington D.C. While working there over the next few years, Gabrielson was devoted to endless projects including: examining bird crops and stomachs, conducting a starling study, and conducting rodent control. He was the rodent control leader for the state of Oregon from 1918 to 1930 and in 1931 lead rodent and predator control programs for California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In 1935 Gabrielson was asked to replace the Survey's Chief, "Ding" Darling after he resigned. In 1940 when the Survey and the Bureau of Fisheries were combined into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gabrielson became the Service's director until 1946. Gabrielson then became President of the Wildlife Management Institute, a position he held until 1970.

Among Gabrielson's many accomplishments, he was particularly proud of expanding the National Wildlife Refuge system, establishment of the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration and Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit programs, creation of Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, and the organization of a wildlife law enforcement team. Gabrielson also notably organized and served as president for the World Wildlife Fund, a trustee for the North American Wildlife Foundation and WWF, and as a chairman of the AOU's Committee on Bird Protection.


To learn more about Ira Gabrielson, please visit:

The Auk 102: 865-868. October 1985


Ira N. Gabrielson

Photo courtesy of: elibrary

An Opportunity to Participate Remotely Via the Web in a Project to Survey Crickets and Katydids - A Pilot Project in and around New York City

As someone now experienced in entering very old data records you may be interested in participating in a test project to enter nearly real time data. The simple idea is that volunteers on September 11th of this year will be surveying crickets and katydids throughout the New York City area. As they are doing their surveys they will be calling in their data on their cell phones immediately after they do each count. Those calls will be converted to mp3 and text files and will be loaded onto a web site as they come in. Then someone (perhaps you) will be taking those phone and text call files, looking up the locality of each person's count on Google Earth (unless they have a gps unit with them), and entering that data into an online data form. Those data then are uploaded to a web site and immediately displayed and additionally the entire data set is continuously available to anyone who wants to map or analyze the results. The requirements for your participation would be to have email and web access, access and ability to pull latitude and longitudes off of Google Earth (its a free program), and an availability at some point between 7:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. or so on the night of September 11th of this year. Oh, and if you live in the New York City area we would love to have you involved in doing the surveys! Please pass this along to your friends. You can even be a Fan of the count on Facebook. Website: www.discoverlife.org/cricket Email Sam Droege (sdroege@usgs.gov) if you wish to participate. Many thanks.