Please join Dan Cooper for an introductory workshop on using eBird, one of the most powerful citizen-science tools on earth. Learn about how to enter your sightings, and look up what others have seen. Dan will walk you through the basics of data entry, exploring data, sharing data, creating seasonal abundance graphs and occurrence charts. If time allows, we can discuss eBird-ready apps, and also iNaturalist, a “sister program” to eBird where you can upload photos of *all species* (not just birds). We anticipate the meeting room being WiFi-equipped, so bring a laptop/iPad, but bring a smartphone (4G or higher) and use that if you want. As a professional ornithologist, Dan uses eBird almost every day – but there are still a few things he doesn’t know about the program, so think of this as more of a workshop where we’ll learn from each other.
We meet at the Nature Center 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach 90815, doors open at 7:00 PM; parking is free; we accept cans and plastic bottle (caps off) for recycling to help support our chapter.
Biography Daniel S. Cooper (Harvard AB ’95, UC Riverside M.Sc. ’99) is a southern California native and a former California Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. Cooper has been collecting and analyzing ecological data, and communicating findings to resource managers and decision-makers, for the past 20 years. The author of Important Bird Areas of California (Audubon California 2004) and more than two dozen peer-reviewed papers on California natural history, Cooper has worked as an independent consultant on land use and ecological issues for public and private clients around the state and in Latin America. He lives in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks with his wife and two children.