Spanish online bird encyclopedia launched
Under the coordination of SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) experts and volunteers have worked together for more than two years to create the first online encyclopedia of Spanish birds, aimed at introducing people to the wonders of the birds’ world.
This massive work has been created by SEO/BirdLife - with the support of the Fundación BBVA – and covers 563 species, of which 363 regularly occurring birds have detailed factsheets. In addition, there are more than 4,000 webpages with 1,600 photos, 1,200 paintings, 370 bird songs, 200 videos and 400 maps. SEO/BirdLife has allowed 60,000 copies to be distributed freely throughout Spain, including education centres and schools.
“By using the digital world to bring the joys of birds to people of all ages this Encyclopedia represents a major milestone for Spain and for SEO/BirdLife”, said Josefina Maestre, Editor of the Encyclopedia.
The online encyclopedia allows people to become more familiar with the birds of Spain through many interactive and multimedia tools such as videos and maps. The accompanying book also describes the avian conservation work being done by environmental organisations like SEO, and outlines how people can get involved.
"This encyclopedia represents a major milestone for Spain and for SEO/BirdLife" —Josefina Maestre, Editor of the Encyclopedia at SEO/BirdLife
People can easily access the encyclopedia through its website and explore the different sections. Here they can find detailed information about the birds, their distribution and threats, and also interactive games on how to recognise them. In the last section dedicated to bird protection, visitors have the opportunity to get involved in conservation actions organised by SEO/BirdLife.
“The Encyclopedia of birds of Spain is one of the most complete digital ornithological work created so far in the world, in a time when it is more and more evident that birds are one of the most important indicators of how climate change affects biodiversity and our lives”, noted Josefina.
The encyclopedia can be found at http://www.enciclopediadelasaves.es/
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Credits: SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain)