Date: 1/8/20 4:08 am
From: Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
Terrific resource - thanks for taking the time to update it!


On Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:40:34 PM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
> Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological
> Society has a new look for its its online *Birder’s Guide to Maryland &
> DC* at a new address: This online
> resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places
> to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and
> Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as
> out-of-state visitors.
> There are many new features on the website, including the ability to
> search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type
> (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or
> picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new
> features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25
> hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in
> each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down
> on the home page.
> This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative
> volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding
> trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of
> MD as well as DC have contributed content for the *Birder’s Guide; *a
> complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu
> item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new
> home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by
> Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.
> We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially
> birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as
> some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also,
> some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the
> birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions
> just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this
> effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to
> suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for
> existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for
> the website and my email address is <marsh......> <javascript:>.
> I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you
> to visit some new places.
> Marcia
> ------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> Friends of Patuxent
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marsh......> <javascript:>

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