While we wish we could share our usual spring hikes with you all to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through central Pennsylvania every spring and fall, due to the coronavirus outbreak we are going to gather and bird remotely instead.
Starting Wednesday, April 8, we are going to try something new! Using digital tools like Zoom and eBird, you are invited to go birding with us, from wherever you are. From 7:00–7:15 a.m., join naturalists Doug Wentzel, Joshua Potter, and Jon Kauffman on Zoom to compare notes about what migrants we have all seen and heard returning, get an update from the Tussey Hawkwatch, and connect with other fellow birders around the Centre region or maybe around the world!
After our Zoom check-in, we will all log off to go about our separate birding ways, using eBird to track those birds we see and hear in our yards and natural places near us. Please share each eBird checklist you submit with “shaverscreek” or “firstname.lastname@example.org” so we can compile a list from all of our efforts.
If you would like, log back into Zoom at 8:30 a.m. to share highlights from your walk before getting on with your day!
If all goes well, we will continue to offer this on Wednesdays through May 13. To make this new take on Migration Morning successful, you will need to become familiar with eBird and Zoom:
The most important tool that we ask you to download to your mobile device is eBird, put out by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. There is a powerful web version of eBird as well, but the app allows for dynamic tracking of your birding efforts in the field. The Cornell Lab has great tutorials on their website to help get you started. Learn more about eBird.
After you create checklists of the birds you see in backyards and natural places, submit each one with Shaver’s Creek’s “shaverscreek” eBird account, which will allow us to compile all of the species seen during Migration Morning.
The next tool we recommend is Zoom. A Zoom meeting room will be available for participants to join at the beginning and end of each “walk.” Sign up for Zoom here or look for Zoom in the App Store. We will include a Zoom link in each Wednesday’s event page.