Orniverse has two main aims:
- to provide a tool for birdwatchers to easily create and store reports of birding trips and excursions and share them with friends and the worldwide birdwatching community
- to collect an extensive resource of information on birding sites. Our vision is to provide birdwatchers with detailed and up-to-date information on all known and less known birding sites in the world, including species lists, site maps, logistic details, etc.
Apart from this, we are committed to make the data that we collect available for conservation purposes and to do our part to prevent any adverse effects that birding tourism may have on local ecosystems.
Orniverse is not commercially orientated and is free of use! Our focus is on providing a great service to birdwatchers. To cover the high costs that come with maintaining the platform and developing it further, we plan to generate some advertising revenue in the future.
To achieve our aims, we make use of the latest developments in web technologies. Orniverse is work in progress. Currently, only a limited number of functions are available but many more will follow, including some that we don't even know of yet. Orniverse is made by birders for birders. If you have suggestions how to make Orniverse better, let us know!
For more information read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Concept: Mathias Ritschard
Programming: Jay Sheth, Akash Varlani, Mathias Ritschard
Support: Leonardo Andrade, Juanita Olano Marin, Christian Schreier, Himanshu Upadhyay
Cover photo (Syke's Nightjar): Gaurav Kataria
Big thanks to our beta testers: Pritam Baruah, José Castaño, Andi Ducry, Pietro D'Amelio, Michael Gerber, Stefan Greif, Merlin Hochreutener, Alain Jacot, Adrian Jordi, Gaurav Kataria, David Lindo, David Marques, Julien Mazenauer, Catherine McFadden, Hendrik Reers, Thomas Ritschard, Alexander Rukhaia, Martin Schuck, Manuel Schweizer, Christian Teltscher, Paul Walser, Martin Weggler, André Weiss, Andreas Weiss, Scott Winton
Species lists per country (displayed when creating a report) were provided by BirdLife International and improved by Mathias Ritschard using a variety of sources like Avibase, eBird and trip reports available online.