Maybe you've been in the same situation. You're on a business trip or a family vacation and the people you're with are a bunch of non-birders, so you don't have much time to bird. Being in a new land is the perfect opportunity to see new birds, but where do you go? While we have great tools at our disposal with eBird and state listservs, there is no substitute for connecting with local, knowledgeable birders who can point you in the right direction depending on what you want to see.
Birdingacrossamerica.com has a page for each of the 50 states. Each state page contains the following:
- A photo gallery where users can upload photos of recent birds
- A section where Google birding maps can be added for birding hotspots in your state
- A forum where birders can post sightings, ask questions, and connect with fellow birders
Birdingacrossamerica.com is uncluttered and easy to navigate. Uploading photos and posting sightings is very easy. Registration is required, but it's simple. All you have to do is create a username, provide an email address, and then you are automatically sent a password to login. Once you are logged in, you can post sightings and upload photos on each of the 50 state pages.
Birdingacrossamerica.com Needs You!
This site is just getting started, so intrepid birders are needed to colonize the state pages and start uploading photos and sharing sightings. It's a great place to show off your photogaphy and the birds of your state. It's also a way to keep birders, both in-state and out, up to date on the locations of recently seen good birds. Most of us have benefitted from those kind birding souls who freely share information to help other birders see something special. This site is a way to give back and do the same for others. And, who knows, you may benefit from the site when you find yourself in another state hoping to find some birds.
Any registered user can participate in the state photo galleries and sightings forums. Birdingacrossamerica.com is also looking for those hard-core birders who can serve as moderators for their state. Kudos to Birding Is Fun! founder, Robert Mortensen, for stepping up to the plate by volunteering to moderate both Idaho and Utah!
Birdingacrossamerica.com Featured Blog
You will see on the main page of the site that there are four featured blog posts. Your guest posts and amazing photographs are needed! I'd love to see our incredible photographers and bloggers on BiF showcase their work on the blog, but all are welcome to submit posts for consideration. I plan to change the blog posts frequently to keep them current, so lots are needed! Link-backs to your personal blogs are encouraged and could be rewarded as this less-than-a-week-old site has gotten hundreds of pageviews already.
Birdingacrossamerica.com: It's simple. It's powerful. It's fun.
Come check it out and help make this site a valuable tool for birders both near and far by getting your state page going. Its success will depend on users like you. Think of its potential: you could connect with birders anywhere you want to go. You could see more birds and maybe even make new friends. But we need some adventurous birders to take the first step. If you have any questions or need help with the site, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll walk you through it.