03 Jan '12, 1pm

Dot Earth Blog: Crowd-Sourced Science, 112 Years and Counting

Rising before dawn had its rewards this past Monday, as my daughter, Nicole, and I joined tens of thousands of Citizen Scientists across the continent to count birds as part of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. From the Arctic Circle to South America, volunteers flock to more than 2,000 “count circles” to ensure the same areas are counted every year. This, almost unbelievably, is the 112th year. Begun in December of 1900, Audubon’s CBC is the world’s oldest crowdscience project. It was a model for crowdsourcing before the Internet was even an idea. Our circle, a 15-mile-wide dot just north of Manhattan, was centered around Hastings on Hudson and Dobbs Ferry. We were led by the McIntyre brothers, David and Lawrence, birding in this area for 33 years. They continue a holiday tradition which shaped the legendary Roger Tory Peterson, a member of the Bronx County Bird Club, when ...

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