This site was meant to provide near REAL-TIME bird reporting DURING Hurricane Irene, to show the "storm-birds" blown up and into the entire Atlantic Coast (from Florida up to Maine and the Maritime Provinces), starting August 24th 2011, and ending around August 31st, about one week later, after the storm dissipated. That plan was interrupted for 102 hours on the morning of 8/28 when the hurricane made a direct hit on us and shut down our electricity, water, internet, etc.
This site focuses on these questions
Sept 13: WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRD found in CT on Aug 28th! Read this fascinating story at Greg's site....
SEPT 10: CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE eBIRD TEAM TO GET ALL HURRICANE BIRDS INTO eBIRD. PLEASE ENTER YOUR STORM-BIRDS INTO eBIRD THIS WEEK, OR CONTACT ME (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR MARSHALL ILIFF TO ASSIST.
This Hurricane Irene blog was meant to be helpful for just ONE WEEK to provide REAL-TIME reporting of ALL Atlantic coast storm-birds DURING the "teeth" of the storm, but the storm's winds and flooding killed our electricity and this blog. Without electricity, water and internet for 102 hours prevented us reporting during the most exciting part of the hurricane and its birding aftermath.
Instead of trying to "catch-up" and reconstruct those 102 missing hours from the archived listserv reports, we will instead 1) summarize them, 2) learn what we can from this "experiment" in real-time-hurricane-bird-blogging, 3) request eBird data entry of all hurricane reports, and 4) get ready for the NEXT hurricane this year!
Therefore we will refocus on the latest current map of the NEXT hurricanes and their projected storm tracks.....
What impacts will the next hurricane have on birds on the East Coast of the USA (plus the western Atlantic and maritime Canada)? And how will that be reflected on the twenty main internet bird lists covering that region?
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Day #5 Hurricane Irene scraping along the coast of DelMarVa and NewJersey
Hurricane Irene has been grazing along the coast line since the Carolinas, but now it seems to be headed straight for its main landfall in NY between New York City and central Long Island NY. Therefore we are going to shift to a more detailed map for Irene's last hours over the ocean. We will use the WunderMap from WUnderground.com, and a sample of that a few minutes after midnight on Sunday August 28th is shown here.... you can click on any of the images to enlarge the maps....