by on July 10, 2020
We are excited to announce version 1.0.4 of our iOS and Android apps. A big thanks to all of our users for all the valuable feedback. You have helped us make some great improvements and fix a few unwanted bugs. Your input goes a long way to making Chirp what it is today :)   Improvements in version 1.0.4: 1. We have transitioned towards being more 'follower centric' by replacing 'Add Friend' with 'Follow' in some places 2. Updated the footer menu to include Add Sighting and Leaderboard...
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by on April 28, 2020
There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of young and old birdwatchers, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty interesting list.    Famous Birdwatching Politicians   Alec Douglas-Home: UK Prime Minister from October 1963 to Oc...
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by on December 22, 2020
Have your birding habits changed this year? Did you see more birds than you thought you would? While we look to the future for more birding trips and travelling, we will always remember 2020 as a distinct one, and the start of a new way of living.  For Chirp it's been an exciting year; great community growth, birding conversations across the globe and a game-changing investment.  Let's take a closer look at some of our highlights...      We are very excited...
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by on February 23, 2021
When you think of birds and love, a pair of doves are probably the most likely image that springs to mind. Many a wedding celebration has seen the release of a couple of doves. And while the typical symbolic white doves are mostly bred in captivity, their greyer cousins are just as striking and just as good at showing a connection, although seemingly less symbolic.  White doves are clear symbols of love, and they are a symbol of peace for many. These albino doves are often woven into rituals,...
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by on November 18, 2020
Fancy getting access to all our latest updates before the masses? Follow the steps below to join our Beta Testing Program and get starting trying out all of our latest features and fuctionality!  Apple iOS Beta Testing  Step 1: Download and install TestFlight iOS app (TestFlight is Apple's app to manage Beta Testing) on device that you’ll use for testing. Step 2: Open Chirp's Beta Testing invitation link to add you as a tester. Step 3: The invitation link will open in TestFlight....
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by on May 21, 2020
Congratulations on starting your journey to become one of the millions of birdwatchers across the globe! Apart from being a fun and exciting hobby for people of all ages, the physical and mental activity involved in birdwatching is good for your general wellbeing. Birdwatching doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby so don’t let budget get in the way of making a start. All that you will probably need to buy is a pair of binoculars. You can pick up a pretty decent pair of new entry-level birding...
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by on September 13, 2019
Birdwatching is important for many personal, societal and conservation reasons. Birdwatching provides huge amounts of data to conservation researchers, it is good for one's physical and mental health, it has a massive positive economic impact, it helps connect people with nature and addresses the problem of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in children.    Conservation research Birdwatcher’s contribution to bird research cannot be underestimated. The amount of high-quality research grade data t...
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by on January 27, 2021
  Did you know there are over 320 species of hummingbirds? These tiny birds are considered a great prize among many birders, both for their beauty and because of how difficult they can be to photograph! Identifying a hummingbird to the unpracticed eye can also be tricky. Knowing where the bird was seen will give more context in helping to identify these birds. The most well-known species found in the USA is the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris).  Ruby-throated Hummingbird...
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by on April 28, 2020
Bleary-eyed and still dreaming, I was woken early this morning by my 3-year old daughter who informed that “Mummy, the birds are too noisy, they are waking me from my sleep!”. It was still pitch black and a little after 6am but she was right, the birds were being particularly raucous. For them the day had begun. Sitting here now, in my home office that looks on to a beautiful pepper tree, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have a ring-side seat to the wildlife that is in full flow around me. Here...
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by on April 27, 2021
How to get birds to nest in my garden?  Nesting birds are wonderful to observe, and it can be riveting to see a bird nesting close to your home. From those initial stages of finding a safe nesting spot and collecting nesting material, to the actual egg-laying stage. What a delight it is when the gift of eggs arrives, a sign of baby birds to come. And after some patient waiting, the egg pips. A small beak prying the shell. If you’re lucky you’ll spy the chicks as they feed and grow, eventually...
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by on October 20, 2017
After three days on the road we were getting used to our early wake ups. And today there was a great reason to be up, dressed and coffee-fueled by 6am, we were going rhino tracking on foot.  Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand is a 12,000 hectare community owned reserve and the first of its kind to become part of the endangered Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme, which released a number of black rhino onto the reserve in order to promote their breeding and expand their range. The land itsel...
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by on June 26, 2020
We are excited to announce the latest version of our iOS and Android app. A big thanks to all of our users for all the valuable feedback. You have helped us make improvements and fix a number of sneaky bugs. Your input goes a long way to making Chirp what it is today :) Since the launch of the first version of the app, users have been asking for localised species names and improvements to the way species are searched for when adding a new sighting. Version 1.0.3 of the iOS and Android app is ...
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