Researchers in Oregon are working on a huge survey of birds in the state: Oregon 2020. Data from field observations is being compiled to determine the abundance and distribution of Oregon's bird species.
The study in part uses data collected by citizen scientists who bird the state and enter their findings into eBird.
In a presentation given at a bird symposium last year, Birdorable cartoon birds were used to help visualize concepts in field observation data collection, like "imperfect detection" and "detection probability".
The project aims to compile its data on the birds of Oregon by the year 2020. While data collection occurs year-round, County Birding Blitzes are used to collect data in hotspots over a short period of time by a lot of different observers (kind of like Christmas Bird Counts).
To learn more about the project and maybe even contribute data, check it out at Oregon 2020.
Thank you to Tyler Hallman for sharing his presentation with us.