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Welcome to The Murmuration
Thank you for helping to share your knowledge of Massachusetts eBird hotspots!
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Welcome to the Murmuration! This is an effort to improve safety and accessibility for birders, particularly newcomers, by crowdsourcing descriptions of eBird hotspots. As eBird is the world’s largest community science platform, it offers a great way for new participants to find local birding locations and report sightings of their own. However, while experienced birders know the details of many hotspots in the region, new birders can find themselves in trouble without sufficient information. Some hotspots include private property, or require permission to access (without being clear who the landowner is), or simply lead to locations where the trailhead or access points are not clear. Many of these trails are not accessible to all people, but information about trail conditions and handicap accessibility can be tough to find. Furthermore, some of these hotspots have a history of unfriendly neighbors, assaults, or other incidents that are useful information for people searching for new places to bird. Attached is The Murmuration: a Google spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/murmurationproject) with tabs for each Massachusetts county and their top 100 eBird hotspots. The available fields include a general description of the trail; trailhead instructions; ideal seasons or species; safety concerns and known incidents; whether it’s private property and, if available, contact info for access permission; and descriptions of parking and trail conditions that are informative for people with disabilities and mobility issues. This is OPEN ACCESS: anyone with a link can access, edit, and share the document. Users are encouraged to fill in as much information as possible for any given hotspot, without altering someone else’s work. Instead, participants can submit comments for additional information or corrections to completed fields. You can submit comments for information that has been entered if you think it may be incorrect. Be respectful and civil and cognizant of the fact that not everyone shares the same view as you, particularly when it comes to a perception of safety (for example, not everyone is great at gauging handicap accessibility)! Please feel free to share this document (and this message) with anyone you feel would benefit from the information or would be able to fill in more information! With many contributors we can complete this document, learn more about these hotspots, help new birders navigate some of the challenges in their way, and bridge some of the gaps in our knowledge that may come from a privileged view. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you'd like to volunteer to help out with the project, please contact us at the.murmuration.project@gmail.com
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Read more about the project in Bird Observer:
"The Murmuration: Crowdsourcing Local Knowledge to Improve Birding Safety and Accessibility"
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Click here for a video walkthrough of The Murmuration!
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DISCLAIMER: This project is not affiliated with eBird and we do not control which hotspots appear on this project. These birding hotspot descriptions reflect expertise as well as deficiencies in knowledge. As these entries are not all reviewed we cannot be held accountable for the accuracy of the information. We recommend following instructions with some degree of skepticism, and please provide comments on information that appears to be inaccurate so it can be fixed!
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