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Volunteers needed for mapping Eastern and South-eastern Europe

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Each country within the EBBA2 scope has its own national coordinator and they are the best source of information for an individual country.

You can also check our Gap tool which visualizes where mapping efforts can directly be oriented within priority countries. Just select a country from the menu. There are 4 categories marked with different colours and by clicking on each square you will see the description of each category (in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is recommended to contact the national coordinator for all squares, due to the problem with minefields).

Here you can find more details on how to contribute with your data.

You can also download the grid for each country or the entire European grid.

If you want to read more about some of these countries – you can have a look at individual country interviews.

If you think you might be able to help us, feel free to contact us on kipson@birdlife.cz and can provide the info about your plans in our form.

We look forward to your contributions!

Field training in Serbia planned for 25-26 April, 2015

One of the most important tasks in our work for EBBA2 is a support of fieldwork in the countries where the number of fieldworkers is limited.

Apart from the training in Ukraine, which is going to take place on 16-19 April, 2015, there is another field training planned for the volunteers in Serbia. It will take place during the weekend on 25-26 April, 2015.

There are about 30 Serbians who are eager to learn atlas methods of data collection in the field. Most of the trainers will arrive from The Czech Society for Ornithology in Prague.

The training is organized in the collaboration with Dimitrije Radisic, EBBA2 national coordinator in Serbia.

EBCC board and EBBA2 steering comittee about to meet in Ukraine

The meeting of EBCC board and EBBA2 steering comittee will take place in Kiiv, in Ukraine between 16 and 19 April 2015.

Thursday 16 April and Friday 17 April will be allocated to the meetings. The meetings will be followed by training of Ukrainian fieldworkers during the weekend 18 and 19 April.

The aim of the training will be to give instructions about atlas work in the field to Ukrainian ornithologist who will then share their experience with the other fieldworkers working for EBBA2 in the other areas of Ukraine.

 

Links to data portals

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The EuroBird Portal is a project of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) developed through a partnership that currently  comprises 29 institutions from 21 diferent European countries. In order to make best use of the data gathered by online portals across Europe, there is a need to establish and maintain a common database. Data sources are very scattered, and several portals have limited access or are available only in the native languages of their host countries. Given the diversity of initiatives and the well established nature of some of them, any attempt to favour only one of the systems or to create a new common one would be both undesirable and impractical. We therefore aim to create a common data repository that will hold data from each of the existing systems. This will contain the minimum aggregated information required to realise the full potential for large scale spatiotemporal analyses of such data and for other research and applied uses that are appropriately undertaken at a European scale.

The purpose of EBP is to establish a European data repository based on aggregated data from online bird recording portals from across Europe with the following major objectives:

  1. To describe large scale spatiotemporal patterns of bird distributions (seasonal distributional changes, migratory patterns, phenology) and their changes over time.
  2. To improve the value of online data gathering portals.

If you would like to contribute with your data from abroad, the following portals that are within the scope of EBP offer the possibility of entering the data from all across Europe in precise UTM squares along with appropriate Atlas breeding codes:

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BirdTrack is a project, through a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society, that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these to support species conservation at local, regional, national and international scales.

You can enter your daily observations on a simple-to-use web page or via the free App for iPhone and Android devices. Complete lists of birds (all species seen and heard) are prefered because the proportion of lists with a given species provides a good measure of frequency of occurrence that can be used for population monitoring.

 

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The ornitho portal was developed by Biolovision s.a.r.l. in collaboration with ornithological institutes in several European countries. They are used as platforms for collecting bird observations in the following countries (as to May 2015):

Switzerland: ornitho.ch

Austria: ornitho.at

Italy: ornitho.it

Germany: ornitho.de

Luxemburg: ornitho.lu

Poland: ornitho.pl

Spain: available for Catalonia: ornitho.cat and Basque Country: ornitho.eus

France: different portals, links see http://www.ornitho.fr/

 

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The data of Observation.org is public. Observation.org wants to show the biodiversity of the world.

Observation.org’s goal is to cover all species groups. It uses universal species names and codes to share data with other organisations.To support the exchange of information Observation.org allows the download of all species lists.

Observation.org is part of Waarneming.nl, an independent workgroup within the dutch stichting Natuurinformatie, by which continuation is assured.