With peak numbers starting to wane, it appears that the Birdtrax total for the two week period ending May 27th is our peak at 210 individual species. For the four county area with less than a day remaining in May, total eBird checklists submitted has increased 84% compared to year to date May, 2012! That is a substantial increase in coverage for a very large and diverse area. That is double the rate of increase for the entire state of Michigan. Thank you to those who have converted. Stay tuned for some very real examples of the power of eBird and what additional insights this year’s recorded sightings have contributed to science and the knowledge of our area………after migration is complete…………..
One early example…..in Leelanau county, there were 198 species recorded in the month of May, there were only 156 recorded same date last year. That is purely due to more eyes and ears in the field! Checklists in the month of May were up almost 200%. This incremental coverage is only beginning to piece together the mysteries and the patterns for a very unique and critical migration corridor.