This season we have seen a massive interest in our national community website, magpiealert.com so here's some further information.
Is simply by recording our magpie swoops on a map we can all help others to avoid the dangerous birds. The website also gathers information on the attack: the position (lat/long), a description, date/time, what activity was taking place and whether an injury resulted.
Well it all started a couple of years ago in 2013 after getting swooped whilst out on my bike. I got home and started searching the internet for information on attack prevention and perhaps somewhere I could register the attack.
I found a number of websites, mostly local government sites warning about magpies. I then came across the odd cycling club website with magpie swoops recorded, but nothing in my area and nothing across Australia.
So the idea of www.magpiealert.com was born as a place where anyone across Australia can come and register their swoops to pre-warn others.
Well I'm Jon Clark, a forty something, cough, husband to Mrs. Clark and father to 11 year old twins.
I've been building commercial websites since '96 - yes websites go back that far back in time kids, albeit they were a bit grey then! My current full-time day job is now as an IT Manager for a large Australian Supermarket based in Sydney..
I'm a bit geeky and passionate about the Internet. I loved designing & building this website and glad to use my technical skills to give something back to our community.
I love cycling, and have done since my first bike from Father Christmas in the mid 70's! I'm a keen runner too, although I mainly do it to help keep up with the twins!
I fund magpiealert.com myself which is why this year I'm asking for your kind donations to help keep the service running - As magpiealert becomes more and more popular then so does the demand for the service along with an increasing running costs.