With more than 3300 bird species, South America is definitely a birder’s heaven. We probably have all dreamt of experiencing the unparalleled biodiversity of the Amazonian lowlands, the incredible endemism of the Andean Highlands, the scenic Patagonian steppes or any of a number of other wonderful corners of this continent. Travelers have a taste of it during their trips to “The Bird Continent”, but birding is increasing in popularity among the continent's residents as well. Our team is in touch with many local birding groups or organizations, working together to grow eBird use across the continent. In Chile, the Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC) has worked with us since 2009. The ROC is now administrating the eBird Chile portal, including record review, checklist management, local promotion, and some other special projects. Here, we highlight some of their most impressive accomplishments including the continent's first Breeding Bird Atlas.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.