The South Georgia Pipit is recovering on the northern side of South Georgia following rat eradication. A few years ago the birds were restricted to a few rat-free areas, mainly on offshore islands and islets. Now the Pipit is recolonizing rat-free areas very quickly. On Salisbury Plain for example, a few South Georgia Pipits were singing in December 2014 after decades of absence, and in December 2015 they were all over it. Fabrice Schmitt was there and shares this great recording of the birds in their soundscape.
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Great contributions from Africa the last week, Richard Webster has been steadily uploading very well annotated recordings from Mexico and today Peter Boesman adds 444 recordings from Chile. Good start to 2019.
Happy 2019 everyone! 2018 was a good year, with 50k uploads of 6.3k species, more contributors than ever before, the move to the new IT infrastructure at Naturalis, the taxonomic and other updates, 250+ new citations in Google Scholar, etc. etc. Let's try to make 2019 a success as well!
Rolf de By just updated 419 maps, including all of the taxonomic changes from the IOC6.3 => IOC8.2 update the other week. Wow.
We sent a second installment of metadata to GBIF last week, just before the update. About 170.000 recordings represented in that set. We are not completely sure when they will appear, hopefully one of these days. In the mean time many of you have given permission for your metadata to appear on GBIF, we're almost at 210.000 recordings today. Thanks for sharing everyone!