eButterfly Webinar on July 21st, 4 PM (EST)

Do you want to learn about the latest features released on eButterfly (https://www.e-butterfly.org) such as computer image recognition, a discussion forum, eBLabs, and more? Or maybe to learn how to use eButterfly at its full potential? If so, join our upcoming Webinar on Thursday, July 21st, at 4 PM (EST). Preregister here: https://bit.ly/3IxTUSj

eButterfly Overview
A real-time, online checklist and photo storage program, eButterfly is providing a new way for the butterfly community to report, organize and access information about butterflies in Central and North American and the Caribbean. eButterfly provides rich data sources for basic information on butterfly abundance, distribution, and phenology at a variety of spatial and temporal scales across the region.

eButterfly is maximizing the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of butterfly observations, photographs, and collections made each year by recreational and professional butterfly enthusiasts. With your help, we are amassing one of the largest and fastest growing insect data resources to inform our understanding of ecological and agricultural systems in the region.

Through time, each participant, each observation and photograph, each checklist, and each identification builds the database. eButterfly then shares this treasure trove of butterfly information with a global community of community scientists, educators, students, lepidopterists, conservationists, and land managers. In time, this information will become the foundation for a better understanding of butterfly distribution and population trends across the region.

How Does It Work?
eButterfly documents the presence or absence of species as well as abundance through checklist data. A web-interface engages participants to submit their observations through interactive questions and answers. eButterfly encourages users to participate repeatedly by providing tools to maintain their personal observations and photo records as well as providing tools to enable them to visualize data with interactive maps, graphs, and bar charts. All these features are currently available in English, French and Spanish.

An eButterfly user logs into their account and enters when, where, and how they observed butterflies. Then they are prompted to create a checklist of all butterflies seen or photographed during the outing. eButterfly provides several options for data gathering including transects, area searches, timed searches or even incidental observations. Just like in a museum with specimens, other users and experts help to verify the identity of each observation. Users can even discuss observations and checklists with each other.

Publicado por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland, 15 de julio de 2022

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