Rutledge Marine Laboratory joins growing Cornell University eBird Network

eBirdBy popular demand, we’ve done it at last! We’ve joined the network of citizen birders who help contribute data on the bird species of the United States (and beyond) to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology utilizing eBird. If you check the site’s data for the Isles of Shoals (five of the isles are listed: Star, Smuttynose, Appledore, White and Seavey islands) you’re likely to see posts from the terns researchers and Appledore scientists.

But soon you’ll see sitings posted by your peers! So, when you’re on Island and see a bird whose identity you can confirm, stop by the lab to enter him into our database. There are signs to guide you and our naturalists are always available to help.

To celebrate, I will be entering our first three sitings given to the lab by one of our doctors, Connie Lentz, who spotted these guys on June 14. Of course, I’ll be posting her photos here as well! Enjoy.

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Three Black Guillemots were spotted off the summer house. We saw one in this spot again on our Sunday morning bird walk with ISHRA and NHC this past week. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lentz).

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A Gray Catbird who has made the island home for a bit (Photo courtesy of Connie Lentz).

A Spotted Sandpiper which appears to be nesting on the back of the island.

A Spotted Sandpiper which appears to be nesting on the back of the island (Photo courtesy of Connie Lentz).

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