*Brooklyn Bird Alert* (*@BirdBrklyn* on Twitter) has been operating for
over a month now, relaying real-time reports of birding news, rarities,
other good birds, and birding conditions. It works the same way as my
Manhattan and Bronx alerts.
It provides a reliable single source for the above info, solves the
"everyone having to follow everyone" problem, and eliminates the need for
"birding only" Twitter accounts. Among other things, it makes sharing
location maps, videos, and photos easy: no need to link to a photo site --
just attach. No species restrictions. It's the quickest and easiest way to
send an alert.
Reports are always publicly-viewable and searchable online:
Anyone can follow this account on Twitter and receive the alerts on the
Twitter app or delivered as simple (SMS) text messages -- you do not need a
smartphone, though you will enjoy the richest multimedia experience if you
It's easy to set up notifications so that when an alert arrives your phone
or device lets you know.
Users who would like to issue alerts should direct message @BirdBrklyn and
ask it to follow them (if it is not doing so already). Then just tweet the
alert with the hashtag *#birdbk*. Proprietary software will immediately
take your alert and retweet it to all with credit to you. Alerts also can
be sent as text messages if you prefer. See the user guide below for
You can use it with any Twitter account; if you don't already have one, you
need to (just once) set one up, which you can do in five minutes online.
Step-by-step instructions for getting started are here:
See here for a more detailed explanation of why this system is a good idea:
Email me with any questions.
New York City
NYSbirds-L List Info:
Please submit your observations to eBird: