EuroBirdPortal lança site que permite seguir o movimento das aves na Europa

No âmbito da conferência Bird Numbers 2019 a decorrer na Universidade de Évora, o EuroBirdPortal (EBP) lança a versão LIVE do seu site: agora seguir os movimentos recentes das aves na Europa está apenas a um clique de distância.

 

 

O LIVE EBP mostra a distribuição de 105 espécies de aves através de mapas por semana desde Janeiro de 2010 até à presente semana. Este é um desenvolvimento sem precedente na ornitologia Europeia e um marco na mobilização dos cidadãos para a recolha de dados.

O conteúdo é actualizado diariamente com a informação recolhida pelos portais de dados online dos parceiros do EBP: c. de 120.000 novos registos por dia (c. de 45 milhões de registos todos os anos).

Só foi possível juntar esta quantidade de informação devido a um financiamento LIFE. Neste projecto foi possível ligar 15 sistemas de recolha de observações de aves online de forma automática  (99,2% de todos os dados do EBP) à base de dados central do EBP. Seguir a migração de andorinhas e cucos pela Europa é agora uma realidade.

 

 

Actualmente este projecto combina dados de 29 países e esperamos aumentar esta cobertura nos próximos anos.

 

Gabriel Gargallo, EBP project coordinator, said: “Bird movements have always fascinated people. Where are the swallows now? Can I expect to hear my first cuckoo soon? With the LIVE EBP viewer, we are very happy to be able to show bird movements across the continent, freely accessible to anyone and in near real time.

Moreover, thanks to the huge improvements in coverage, data quality and connectivity accomplished with the EU LIFE grant, now we have better data, vital to properly understand the seasonal patterns of bird distribution in Europe and their changes over time, and it is readily available, providing unique opportunities to develop novel applications of conservation and management concern (for example, predicting wildfowl movements due to cold spells or improving the surveillance of avian-borne diseases).

All this would not be possible without the 120,000 volunteer birdwatchers regularly sharing their observations with the different online portals. The LIVE EBP viewer is a recognition to their vital role in the project and showcases how such individual and local contributions can be summed up to help unravel the large-scale seasonal distributional patterns of our birds."

 

Notes for Editors

 

  1. There are nearly 20 different online systems operating in Europe and the main purpose of the EBP is to combine their data in order to describe large scale spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution and their changes over time. The fact that online bird portals collect data from all bird species and all year-round is what makes them uniquely valuable for this purpose.
  2. The LIFE EBP project has a duration of a bit more of three years (January 2016 to April 2019) and an overall cost of 510.557€, of which 60% are financed by the European Union: https://life.eurobirdportal.org/
  3. The EBCC is an association under Dutch Law of like-minded expert ornithologists co-operating in a range of ways to improve bird monitoring and atlas work and thereby inform and improve the management and conservation of bird populations in Europe. For more information see: www.ebcc.info.
  4. Bird Numbers 2019, the 21st Conference of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), will take place from 8 to 13 April at Évora (Portugal). EBCC conferences are held every three years and bring together people involved in bird monitoring, research and conservation across Europe and beyond. For more information see: http://www.ebcc2019.uevora.pt.

Contact Information

 

EBP
Gabriel Gargallo
EBP Project Coordination

ICO - Catalan Ornithological Institute
Museu de Ciències Naturals, Passeig Picasso s/n, 08003 Barcelona
office: 00 34 93 458 78 93Mobile: 00 34 680 560 184

email: anella@ornitologia.org

EBCC
Dr. Ruud Foppen
EBCC Chairman

SOVON - Dutch Centre for field ornithology
Natuurplaza, Toernooiveld 1, 6525 ED Nijmegen
phone: 024 7 410 415 email: ruud.foppen@sovon.nl

 


Representante Português

Carlos Godinho

LabOr – Laboratório de Ornitologia

ICAAM – Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas

Universidade de Évora

Tlm: 914604076

 

Email: capg@uevora.pt

Publicado em 10.04.2019