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At Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, in Texas, former supervisory park ranger Mike Carlo shows a refuge visitor how to use eBird Trail Tracker, an online bird list. A dozen refuges now have the eBird Trail Tracker stations
At Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, in Texas, former supervisory park ranger Mike Carlo shows a refuge visitor how to use eBird Trail Tracker, an online bird list. A dozen refuges now have the eBird Trail Tracker stations.
Credit: Marvin DeJong, USFWS

Birding Made Easier

Birding enthusiasts and those first trying their hand at bird spotting have a powerful tool to assist them at a dozen National Wildlife Refuges. A computer device, called eBird Trail Tracker helps visitors confirm bird sightings by matching descriptions against an online bird checklist. The online checklist is complete with photos, bird calls and previous sightings that will allow birders to record and map sightings for others.

The 12 refuges that now have eBird Trail Tracker kiosks available for public use are:

Developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker lets anyone add to the bird database by entering bird sightings from anywhere in North America. The refuge eBird Trail Tracker stations were developed under a memorandum of understanding between the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information about eBird Trail Tracker, visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/is/ett/

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