The Christmas Bird Count: The Original Crowdsource

December 20, 2014 11:56 PM

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Wired Magazine introduced the term "crowdsourcing" to the lexicon in 2006 to describe a generation of new, user-generated websites like Wikipedia. But crowdsourcing was, by then, old hat for ornithologists, who have been using it — to great effect — for well over a century.

This Saturday at 5:30 a.m., the Audubon Society's Elissa Landre and her team of 10 will strike out in the predawn darkness, canvassing a 15-mile circle in the woods around Millis, Mass., "to see, and mostly listen for, screech owls great horned owls and the barred owl.

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