One last thing I have to admit is that I am not a professional birdwatcher. I do not write scientific articles or conduct research projects. Nevertheless, I help collect important data with my observations. Sometimes my observations even fall into scientific articles or other leading journals on migratory birds. And so it was this last year, when I saw a very unusual species for Irkutsk — a spoonbill of all things — in a region where it was last spotted way back in 1974. Sadly at that time they decided to shoot the poor bird, to provide physical proof of their sighting. (Thank goodness everyone now has their own phone cameras!). Another time I came across a black crane, a rare bird that's listed in the Red Book of Russia. It's because of people like me, who like to "celebrate" their encounters with birds on various websites (such as ebird.org
, or sibirds.ru
), that scientists now can gain access to a wealth of data. In some ways it's a form of citizen science that we're performing. Even schoolchildren can participate, by putting out feeding stations, and then spotting birds to post online.
My question for you: Do you think you might be interested in joining our citizen birdwatching teams? If so, then please do come and join us some time!
Автор статьи — Ольга Михалёва. Авторский блог Ольги о птицах — https://www.instagram.com/birdwatching_irkutsk/