Birdstack: World bird lists online for free

2008 January 21
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — Hello? Is anyone there? This poor blog has suffered neglect for the past month while I’ve worked feverishly on another project: Birdstack.

Do you see that sexy new year list widget over in the sidebar? That, my friends, is just a taste of what Birdstack can do for you!

Curtis Hawthorne and I have been working on Birdstack since June 2007, but we started talking about the idea back in 2005. We’re really excited that it’s finally a reality. I hope you’ll head over and check it out; the Tour will give you a very brief overview.

Here’s some basic information:

Birdstack (, launched January 20, 2008, is a free, online world bird listing service. Birdstack features integration with the IOC (Gill and Wright) list and Google Maps, allowing members to record observations in precise detail from anywhere in the world. Birdstack offers several output formats for publishing and sharing data, including Atom feeds and Stacks, customizable widgets that display recent personal observations on external blogs and websites. Integration with the IOC list means that taxonomy and nomenclature are always kept up to date, and a variety of features like spell check and user-suggested alternate names ease the process of adding observations to one’s list. Birders who have observational data in spreadsheets or other electronic formats have the option of importing their observations in bulk. Birdstack includes a number of community-oriented features, like comments and forums, to encourage participation and interaction among members. The Birdstack developers are working with the eBird staff at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to develop a system for Birdstack users to submit their North American data to eBird.

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