Building Support for Science and Birds Through Citizen Science
Citizen science engages volunteers in the process of scientific research. It allows organizations like SFBBO to expand the reach of our projects across geography and time, and also provides information on topics we are unable to explore on our own. Recently, there has been a surge in citizen science participation across the globe, thanks in part to innovations such as the personal computer and the smart phone.
For almost 40 years, though, SFBBO has been a leader in this field. Citizen science has allowed us to create valuable, longterm data sets that offer opportunities for universities, government agencies, and other scientists to ask big questions about birds. It's also helped us grow support for science, birds, and conservation in the wider community. Please see our volunteer section to get involved today!
We also invite people to collect bird data using eBird, an app created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology that allows birders to share their bird lists to a data base that is analyzed and used for avian science and conservation efforts across the globe. Click here for instructions on how to download eBird to your smart phone or computer, visit your favorite birding site, and create a checklist. If you would like to share your check list with SFBBO, please share it to SF Bay Bird Observatory.