Ninety Years of Birdwatchers’ Notes Going Online


“More than 100 years ago, J.A. Loring had his eyes on the California sky and his hand on a pen.

“His hand-scribbled notes, along with those of 3,000 other ‘citizen scientists,’ can be found lining the drawers of green filing cabinets in the basement of a U.S. Geological Survey building in Reston, Virginia.

“These note cards — 6 million of them, spanning almost a century — contain a trove of invaluable information that could help unravel the effects of climate change on bird behavior.”