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Bird Watching and The Latest In Internet Technology
By: MIKE SELVON
One of the thrills of bird watching is the discovery of a species you have never seen before. In the past, a bird watcher often had to
wait for a long time to get help in identifying a bird that he or she may not have recognized. Programs, like the one at Cornell
University, allowed those who bird watch to submit photographs and descriptions of things that they had seen. The experts and
researchers at the university would then help them identify the bird. The internet however, has eliminated the hassle of waiting for
the mail. This information is available instantaneously online.
The ability to come home from a day in the fields of Belize watching birds, or even after bird watching in Costa Rica, and to sit down
in front of a computer has given birth to a completely new realm of resources. Bird watchers can visit sites such as Birding and
Birding Guide to access information about what they have seen through their binoculars while bird watching that day. There are
several benefits to websites like these and the photographic resources available on the web.
Aside from written descriptions, the internet provides a wealth of photographic information to bird watchers. Photographs that would
add up to literally mountains of books could quickly be searched, organized, and selected for viewing online. The convenience is
immeasurable. The ability to get information quickly and accurately makes the research process an enjoyable one for most bird
One of the features that bird watchers who are internet savvy might find of particular interest is the communities that exist on the
bulletin boards of websites catering to bird watching. These forums allow users to start, and participate in, conversations concerning
a wide variety of topics that relate