This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will keep get you snapping photos and recording bird sounds. Every time you take a photo or hold out a microphone, you’re creating an incredibly powerful piece of data. Media help document records, provide resources for learning and education, and also pave the way for future eBird and birding tools like Merlin Photo ID. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists in September containing at least one rated photo or sound. Checklists must be for observations during this month; not historical checklists entered during September. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
Ever since satellite technology has been small enough to put on a bird, researchers have been using transmitters to ask questions about birds that were previously unanswerable. Although some questions still can’t be answered with anything aside from satellites (e.g., precise paths of migrating birds throughout their entire annual cycle), a paper published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation shows that eBird data can be comparable to satellite data when creating species distribution models. The authors of the open-access paper “Species distribution models for a migratory bird based on citizen science and satellite tracking data” have written a great account of their research on Band-tailed Pigeons (below). Thanks to Chris Coxen, Jennifer Frey, Scott Carleton, and Dan Collins for taking the time to share their work with the eBird community.
April 9 kicks off the third and final year of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz in Alaska. Through May 31, we’re asking people to enter their Alaska bird sightings—whether they see a Rusty Blackbird or not—in eBird. If you live outside of the state, no problem, you can participate from anywhere in the US and Canada. (Be sure to check dates of the Blitz if you live outside Alaska as the end date may vary for different areas.)
Audubon Alaska’s annual Great American Arctic Birding Challenge takes flight March 1 and runs until June 1. Gather up your team of up to 6 birders and head for your favorite birding spots.
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get out there in this new year and see what you can find!
The 2015 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival is just around the corner, celebrating the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the world!
The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a declining species, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game researchers are tracking migration to learn more about what might be causing the problem.
Help Rusty Blackbirds by reporting sightings in Alaska on eBird!
Let the games begin! Grab your binoculars and start checking off birds for the 2015 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge.
The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count has lots to offer participants this year: prizes, a photo contest, and free apps!