Friday, February 24, 2012

Bird Text Alerts

My friend Doug has set up a couple of text alert systems for reporting and being notified of local bird sightings. Here's the description from his website for Long Island Rare Birds:

Instead of a phone chain that occasionally breaks down, and takes considerable time to transmit information, text alerts use simultaneous delivery of text messages. If a birder finds a rare bird on Long Island, they can send a text message from a cell phone to LIRBA, and that message is distributed to all LIRBA subscribers immediately (you will receive a text message on your phone). Furthermore, there is currently** no cost for the service beyond standard text messaging rates (the price you already pay for text messages from your cellular provider). Unless birders magically start finding uber-rarities at a higher than normal pace, LIRBA will likely be used sporadically and so won’t clog up your cell phone’s inbox.

He has also set up alerts for Brooklyn and Queens:

Birds reportable to BKBird should simply include any wild bird species that is unusual in either Brooklyn or Queens. The purpose of BKBird is to alert birders so that anyone interested in seeing a rare bird can obtain the information in a timely fashion. Since it is unlikely that most observers have a list of Brooklyn and Queens bird records memorized (although there will eventually be one on this site), good judgment is requested.

To learn more about "Brooklyn and Queens Rare Birds", click here.
To learn more about "Long Island Rare Bird Alert", click here.

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