MBP Giving Tuesday – 2022
Wow! Thank you for making 2022 such an exciting year! Can you make a #GivingTuesday donation to help us document and understand Maryland’s biodiversity?
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/donate (there’s also a QR code below)
MBP’s 10th anniversary year has been loaded with highlights. We had a successful second year at the Turkey Point Bird Count and added a second fall migration count at Dans Rock in Allegany County! Our lead counters Carl Engstrom and Jonathan Irons – along with our excellent alternate counters – did a fabulous job. They tallied well over 300,000 birds and documented many noteworthy trends and counts.
We held a wide variety of field trips around the state, including unique opportunities to learn about new groups of living things. We led a fantastic BioBlitz at Marshy Point Nature Center in Baltimore County, documenting over 700 species! On the technical side, we expanded the MBP blog and special project pages, added record tagging and filtering (e.g., filter by caterpillars or flowering plants), and continued refining our robust integration with iNaturalist. Together we permanently archived more than 125,000 new records and nearly 200,000 photos. We are closing in on one million records archived at the project!
We have big plans for 2023 and beyond. We want to keep building on what we do best: documenting biodiversity. That means more field trips, more events, and more targeted data collection. We are committed to continuing the morning flight counts at Turkey Point and Dans Rock. These two counts have generated valuable insights and already changed our perception of migration in the region. Each year of additional data builds on previous years, compounding the value. We are planning an MBP website overhaul that includes 100% mobile-friendly content and to explore new use cases with our stakeholders.
There is no better time to collect biodiversity data for conservation than right now. With your help, we can keep growing this amazing project and community. Thank you!
– Bill, Jim, John, and the rest of the MBP team