eBird creates Chengalpattu category to list bird sightings

Even after the bifurcation of Kancheepuram district, citizen science birdwatchers had to list their sightings of Chengalpattu under the old geographical category

Even after the bifurcation of Kancheepuram district, citizen science birdwatchers had to list their sightings of Chengalpattu under the old geographical category

Kancheepuram was a large strip of land, and generally, a handy catch-all term in eBird for citizen science birders to cluster their avian sightings south and southwest of Chennai.

The ax then went through the neighborhood, splitting off a huge chunk to make it the Chengalpattu neighborhood. eBird has long been out of step with this development, and birdwatchers who had an avian sighting in the Chengalpattu area should still register it under Kancheepuram.

For eBird users, it seemed strange to have to persist with an “address” knowing full well that it was far from the truth. But just when birdwatchers learned to live with it, eBird went ahead and fixed the anomaly and created Chengalpattu as a category, and much of the past data was migrated to its place of parking.

eBird reviewer Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi notes that the new category is only a week old.

He explains the process.

“Once the boundaries are redefined, the hotspots within them would automatically be remapped to the new category, and the data would also be migrated there. About 80% of the hotspots would have been reassigned. Areas on the border of two districts can be loosely divided between them, and they will need to be visited and properly assigned.