Current technology is fantastic. Just a couple of years ago the mobile devices haven’t even existed and just Steve Jobs had a vision of the ‘mobile’ future. What is happening today is incredible but the future keeps some more fantastic products which will support the rushing and mobile life.
It is unquestionable that more and more birdwatchers are using the wide variety of mobile gadgets either at home, in the office or in the field while birding. Even if some are against the elements, the trends are showing constant increase when it comes to mobile usage. WorldWaders are not any different. It follows the trends and goes mobile.
The most convenient reading experience comes from using any kind of tablets. Current publishing technology not only allows static pages to be flipped through but it turns publishing into a whole new level. The integrity and interactivity are what make these applications (apps) unique and fun to use.
When the WorldWaders News Blog turns into a mobile app it delivers a wide variety of unique and exclusive articles about shorebird conservation with an easy to adopt reading experience. Despite it is planned to be a quarterly magazine it will always be up-to-date, thanks to the actual news fetching module. High quality videos, beautifully rendered texts, interactive links and stunning images will all support the original idea. I am working hard to make it happen and to set everything (money, contributors and articles) for the first publishing date somewhere in 2014.
The app will focus on the iPad and iPhone users but Android and Windows version will also be available in a later phase. Follow the WorldWaders News Blog for more news on the app and the publishing date.
Anyone is interested in contributing by providing news and/or articles or having an idea for the emagazine, is kindly asked to contact me. Feedback is much appreciated.
Each year shorebirds from North and South America migrate thousands of miles to spend the summer in the Arctic. There they feed in shoreline marshes and estuaries along some of the most productive and pristine coasts anywhere. With so much available food they are able to reproduce almost explosively; and as winter approaches, they retreat south along with their offspring, to return to the Arctic the following spring. This remarkable pattern of movement and activity has been the object of intensive study by an international team of ornithologists who have spent a decade counting, surveying, and observing these shorebirds. In this important synthetic work, they address multiple questions about these migratory bird populations. How many birds occupy Arctic ecosystems each summer? How long do visiting shorebirds linger before heading south? How fecund are these birds? Where exactly do they migrate and where exactly do they return? Are their populations growing or shrinking? The results of this study are crucial for better understanding how environmental policies will influence Arctic habitats as well as the far-ranging winter habitats used by migratory shorebirds.
“This is a massive coordinated effort to gain a robust understanding of the population dynamics and trends of arctic nesting shorebirds. Highly recommended.” — Choice
“This volume represents a major milestone for the monitoring of wader populations in the Western Hemisphere. . . . It will serve as a point of reference for those developing new monitoring initiatives in North American Arctic and elsewhere.” — British Trust Ornithology (BTO)
“Arctic Shorebirds in North America represents a study that is one of the remarkable achievements of wildlife fieldcraft, like those done by Aldo Leopold in the 1930s and by the Craighead Brothers in the 1960s. To conduct a study of this scientific caliber in the great expanse and harsh climate of the Arctic makes it one of the great wildlife investigations whose value will only grow with time.” – Larry Niles, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
“It is most timely that Jonathan Bart and Victoria Johnston have gathered information on shorebirds that breed in the Arctic regions of North America. Data on these birds is generated at a wide range of locations by many different individuals and teams, and this book puts it into perspective. It is particularly valuable to have this treatise when so many shorebird species worldwide are in marked decline.” — Clive Minton, Australasian Wader Studies Group
“When the PRISM program for pan-Arctic shorebird monitoring was introduced, everyone agreed with its laudable aims, but it seemed impractical. How could shorebird biologists with limited time and resources acquire robust data on the size and trend of shorebird populations across the American Arctic? Now, the credibility gap has been bridged. Arctic Shorebirds in North America presents the rigorous, practical methods that will be the foundation of Arctic shorebird monitoring for years to come. I look forward to Arctic PRISM becoming the keystone of shorebird conservation in the Western Hemisphere.” — Humphrey Sitters, editor of Wader Study Group Bulletin
If you haven’t yet heard of B95, he is the oldest-known migratory shorebird of therufa subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) who, now 19 years old, has flown the distance from the Earth to the Moon, cumulatively, and then some. Scientists first banded him in 1995 on wintering grounds in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, when he was approximately 2 years old; in recapturing him years later, the same scientists gave him an orange leg band inscribed with his now famous moniker, “B95.” He migrates back and forth between southern Argentina and Canadian Arctic breeding grounds every year, with a critical stop in Delaware Bay (New Jersey, USA)—his fame growing with every recapture or resighting.
His story of survival against what scientists and conservationists know to be extraordinary odds inspired the book Moonbird: A Year on the Wing with the Great Survivor, B95 from National Book Award-winning American author Phillip Hoose. The book, released summer-fall 2012, was designed for young readers but quickly became a favorite of all ages.
We’d like to congratulate our friend and colleague Phil on the numerous (17+) awards and honors received for Moonbird to date. Here are just a few:
2013 ALSC* Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor [*Association for Library Service to Children]
2013 National Science Teachers Association’s Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students Award
2012 John Burroughs Association’s Riverby Award for Young Readers
Finalist, 2012 YALSA** Excellence in Nonfiction Award [** Young Adult Library Services Association]
Finalist, Science Magazine’s Science Books & Films Children’s Prize
The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books 2012
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2012 Children’s Books
In related news…B95 himself recently received a great honor too! The Rio Grande Municipal Council (Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina) declared B95 as the City’s “Natural Ambassador,” to symbolize its citizens’ care and respect for their environment. The unprecedented Municipal declaration was approved and made an Ordinance by Council during its 7 December 2012 meeting. Article 2 of the Ordinance calls for a monument to be constructed in B95’s honor.
The story of B95 has been covered by local, national, and even global news media; however, this status of ambassadorship is undoubtedly the most extraordinary recognition to date within B95’s “home hemisphere.” The Ordinance will also help to galvanize a sense of pride in the local community towards shorebirds, their epic migrations, and the need for their conservation.
For more information about B95 or Phil Hoose, or to order a copy of the book, visit the Moonbird website. More articles about B95 are available in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)’s online newsletter “WHSRNews” – his most recent re-sighting is in the July 2012 issue.