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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar
T-Rex: I've started using eBird to record my bird watching.
T-Rex: It's pretty cool.
T-Rex: It lists species in your region and keeps track of sightings with GPS coordinates. You can list all the birds you've seen by date or location.
Utahraptor: T-Rex, what's a "bird"?
T-Rex: It's a dinosaur with warm blood and feathers.
Utahraptor: So... a theropod?
T-Rex: I'll just add myself to my life list...
T-Rex: And you too, Utahraptor!
The author writes:
eBird is operated by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is probably the most popular birding app in the world. Cornell maintains a database of birds reported and uses it to perform statistical analyses of bird populations, migration, and trends over time. It's one of the most successful examples of crowdsourced citizen science.
I started using it myself a few days ago, and actually forcing myself to keep track of birds I see makes me realise just how many I do see on a walk around the neighbourhood.