Date: 2/27/18 12:41 pm From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
I am sad to announce that Wikispaces, which has provided the free web hosting for the Ohio eBird Hotspot website, has announced that it will discontinue service. http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+Ohio The current website will be available until July 31, 2018. I began this project as an experiment. eBird does not currently have a way to described hotspots although this feature is on the "wish list" for future development. I was hoping that, eventually, the information we have developed in Ohio could be moved to eBird. Developing such a feature is still on the eBird website "wish list" but I understand that it will not happen in the near future.
I am exploring, with several others, possible ways to continue to have the information we have developed about hotspots available. Nothing has yet been decided. I expect that whatever we develop will not look exactly like the current website. All the information which has been collected about Ohio eBird hotspots is backed up and can be transferred to a new site or sites.
I have enjoyed creating this resource but also know that I will not be able personally to manage such a website forever. It is my hope that this is an opportunity to create a new resource that will make this information available in the future.
In the meantime, I continue to process new eBird hotspot suggestions in Ohio. The Ohio eBird Hotspot website will continue to be available through the spring bird migration and into the summer breeding season.
Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird. The links below are to information about each hotspot which is available on Ohio eBird Hotspot website.
Lake County North Chagrin Reservation--Rogers Meadow (Lake Co.) http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/North+Chagrin+Reservation--Rogers+Meadow Rogers Meadow is divided by Rogers Road which is also the location of the Cuyahoga-Lake county line. Lake County is north of Rogers Road and Cuyahoga County is south of Rogers Road. There are two hotspots for Rogers Meadow. Please make separate checklists for birds observed in each county.
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