The fastest, easiest way to find out about recent local bird activity!
Bird Box : 707-822-5666
Elias Elias provides instructions on its use:
The premier way to find out about recent bird sightings, and to report your own, is our birders' voice mail system. It is called
variously the Northwest California Bird Alert or by many simply the
"bird box." For those of us who birdwatch with a phone at hand, this
mode of reporting is probably the preferred option because an unlimited
number of folks can be notified in an instant with a simple call. All
this can be done with barely taking your eyes off the bird.
The way it
works is an observer leaves a message at 707-822-5666.
Upon hanging up, the answering machine emails the audio file to a google
groups Listserv. The list server then emails that audio file to all
subscribers. If you have an iPhone. You can set your phone to ding by
turning the sender's email address as a VIP. You can then listen to the
audio message without calling the alert. If you are hyper concerned with
getting messages ASAP, sign up to the Listserv with a iCloud email
account and your messages will get pushed to your phone within like 30
seconds. If you have a different email provider you must wait for your
email app to fetch messages. Up to 15 minutes will elapse. Things likely
work similarly if you have a droid or a windows phone but I have no
experience with either of them.