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Tools for Farm Biodiversity Webinar

Join eOrganic for a webinar about online tools and apps that can help you manage biodiversity on organic farms. The webinar takes place on February 27, 2018 at 1PM Eastern Time, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, 10AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

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About the Webinar

Organic growers rely on the many services biodiversity provides, but knowing where to find accessible information can be challenging. This webinar will provide an overview of three tools to help you identify and manage wildlife, with an emphasis on wild birds. Online tools covered will be the Merlin Bird ID app, the Habitat Network, and the Cool Farm Tool. There will be an extended 30 minute question and answer period at the end.

  • The Merlin Bird ID app can be used to identify common birds of North America by answering a series of questions expert birders would use when identifying species. The app is currently only available for Android and iPhone, but a desktop version will be available soon here
  • The Habitat Network is a citizen-science project that has farmers, and others, submit data through online mapping and connects them with detailed information about how to support biodiversity. Find it at
  • The Cool Farm Tool Biodiversity metric quantifies how well farm management supports biodiversity for eleven species groups in temperate areas of Europe and North America. The tool boils complexity into a series of multiple choice questions, scored according to the latest research and expert judgement. Find it at

This webinar is brought to you by the NIFA OREI funded project: Avian Biodiversity: Impacts, Risks and Descriptive Survey (A-BIRDS).


  • Miyoko Chu, Senior Director for Communications, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Rhiannon Crain, Project Leader, The Habitat Network, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Lynn Dicks, Cool Farm Tool, University of East Anglia
  • Amanda Edworthy, Post-doctoral Researcher , Washington State University
  • Christina Kennedy, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Chris Latimer, Post-doctoral Researcher, The Nature Conservancy
  • Olivia Smith, PhD Student, Washington State University
  • Bill Snyder, Professor, Washington State University

System Requirements

View detailed system requirements here. Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn't working, try Firefox or Chrome.

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