Mark your calendars!

This coming Tuesday, April 10 the monthly meeting of the Linnaean Society
of New York offers two interesting and exciting presentations:

6:00 pm – Citizen Science in the Information Age: Improving the Quality and
Usefulness of Crowd-sourced Datasets – Shaibal Mitra

Digital technology has revolutionized the ways in which natural history
observations are collected and shared. Public participation has been vastly
expanded, and remarkable advances have been achieved for historically
difficult questions regarding the distribution and abundance of wild
organisms. At the same time, observers' practices have been changing
rapidly, for many reasons, both intended and unintended, with a wide range
of consequences for data quality and usefulness. Shai Mitra, an
evolutionary biologist, will critique several areas in which the
relationships between methods and results have become confused, such as the
selection of sampling sites, distance and duration of effort, completeness
of samples, independence of samples, and treatment of taxa above and below
the species level. Mitra will show that current practices—including some
that have been strongly advocated—are yielding negative consequences for
data quality and overall usefulness, and will propose several simple
improvements.

7:30 pm – Birding for Conservation in Colombia – Alvaro Jaramillo

Many birders have heard that Colombia is the most bird-rich nation on
Earth! So why is it not full of birders? It’s on an incredible upswing,
coming out of a decades-long conflict, political as well as the illegal
drug trade. Those days are becoming history. The country has gone through a
sharp turnaround turnaround in regards to travelers’ safety. The birding is
astounding, and there are some wonderfully unique spots to visit. Among
these is the Santa Marta mountain range, separate from the Andes, that has
an incredible level of endemism—species that cannot be found anywhere else
on Earth. Santa Marta, the nearby dry forests, the coastal desert, and the
Perijá Mountains to the east make northern Colombia an amazing way to begin
to dip your toes in the unbelievable birdlife of this country. Then there
are the three different ranges of the Andes, and valleys rich with
endemics. Alvaro Jaramillo has been involved in a large project with
National Audubon over the last couple of years that aims to promote
conservation through economic development. How? Well, by creating the
infrastructure and guide training to increase birding tourism in the area.
When people earn a living from birding, they will preserve the birds and
habitat. Come learn about this innovative program, and discover the
richness of birds and birding in Colombia.

Where:
The Linnaean Society of New York meets on the second Tuesday of each month
from September through May, except March, in the Linder Theater on the
first floor of the American Museum of Natural History (enter at West 77th
Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue).

All welcome!

good birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Linnaean Society of New York

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