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December eBirder of the Month Challenge!!

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, highlights the value of splitting your day of birding into multiple lists. By keeping multiple lists throughout a morning or day of birding, the information that you’re collecting is much more valuable—both for your own personal records and for researchers and conservationists! […]

Share the eBird love – eBirders encouraging birders to eBird

Let's spread the word about eBird! Brown Noddy, Lady Elliot Island, QLD, 
Mat Gilfedder / Macaulay Library

The use of eBird continues to grow strongly around the World. There has also been a great uptake of eBird in Australia. By mid-2016 there were already 44 million observations in eBird for Australia alone (480,000 checklists from 4000 different observers) – yet still more lovers of birds are out there that are yet to discover […]

eBird Records help save Dowse Lagoon from Two Million Dollar Fountain

Photo by Sandra Gallienne / Macaulay Library

Thanks to the efforts of Brisbane eBird Australia observers, BirdLife Southern Queensland were able to provide Brisbane City Council with excellent data on the use of a proposed development site by birders and birds alike. The data from eBird were instrumental in preventing an important wetland oasis from being destroyed, and show the value of collections of many bird surveys from many different observers even in a semi-urban setting.

BirdLife Australia standardised bird surveys can now be submitted via eBird

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red Rock Heath Area, NSW, Mat Gilfedder / Macaulay Library

The 20 minute, 2 hectare survey, originally developed by Richard Loyn (Corella 10:58-60 January 1986) is a standard in Australian birding. The survey technique was the backbone of Birds Australia’s influential second atlas of Australian birds, and analysis of the data from 20-min-2ha surveys underpins various important conservation assessments including the State of Australia’s Birds Report, Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) bird monitoring, and a range of regional and local conservation initiatives.

We are therefore delighted to announce that bird surveys conducted using the 20-min-2ha survey can now be entered into eBird Australia, along with two other standard BirdLife Australia survey protocols, the 500m and 5km radius searches. No double entry into eBird Australia and BirdLife Australia’s Birdata online portal is required. In fact it is strongly discouraged.

Data entered in this way will be passed onto BirdLife Australia at quarterly intervals. Read more

November eBirder of the Month Challenge

Great Gray Owl by Robb Bell/Macaulay Library

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, invites you to look at birds through what might not be your usual lens: a camera. November marks one year since we released the ability to add photos and audio directly to your eBird checklists, archiving your media in the Macaulay Library. In this first year, we have been humbled to see more than 1.5 million photos added to the collection by eBirders, documenting more than 8,250 species of birds from 226 countries. If you haven’t uploaded a photo yet—this is your chance! An added bonus is that your photos help make your eBird Profile Page look fantastic. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists with at least one photo or audio recording in November

Golden Whistlers: Not Always Golden

Juvenile Golden Whistler, photo by Matt Barneveld (submitted to the Australian Bird Identification Facebook page).

Identifying LBJs (little brown jobs) provides some of the biggest challenges to birders. They are little, they are brownish, and it is often a hard job to identify them. Australia has a few such complexes of birds with resemblant features, and which lack stand-out diagnostic characteristics useful for identification from afar. These include thornbills, sandpipers, gerygones, shrikethrushes, fairywrens (females or immatures), robins, and honeyeaters, etc.

What approach can be taken to identify a bird that not vibrantly-colored, but can be locally common across a range of habitats, and is visually similar to a variety of other taxa?

Finding birds in empty places: Australia’s outback birds

Singing Honeyeater, photo by Zoë Stone

To many, Australia’s Outback might seem a barren place, with rolling dunes, empty gibber plains and a lot of dirt and sand. However, if you pay close attention, the outback is anything but barren. In boom times especially, it can be a wonderland of endemic shrubs, wildflowers, and of course, some of the most elusive birds, […]

October eBirder of the Month Challenge

Eurasian Kestrel by Paulo Doutel/Macaulay Library

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, puts the power of easy eBirding in the palm of your hands. As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds with every passing day and month, the birding tools that we can provide continue to improve. One of these such tools is […]

eBird Australia 2016 Annual Challenges Update #3

Pacific Baza, Banksia Park, QLD. Photo by Mat Gilfedder, Macaulay Library.

Here’s the third Annual Challenge update – covering lists submitted between 1 January and 31 August 2016. If you have submitted eligible lists to eBird, you don’t need to do anything extra to be considered a participant–we’ve automatically included your lists in the tallies. If you’re new to eBird Australia and haven’t heard about the […]

eBird Mobile 1.3: breeding and behavior codes

Common Potoo—NY breeding code. Photo by Jose Luis Navarro/Macaulay Library

A new version of eBird Mobile (1.3) has just been released that lets you note breeding and behavior codes in your mobile checklists—available for free on both iOS and Android. This lets you track breeding bird activity more easily than ever before, and also lets you log flyover codes—which could win you a pair of binoculars this month! If you’ve never tried eBird Mobile, there has never been a better time to get started. More than 110,000 eBirders have used eBird Mobile so far, replacing the field notebook as the easiest and most accurate way to record your bird sightings in the field. Learn how to get started with eBird Mobile. This latest version also provides the technical foundation that will allow us to build in automatic tracking of distance within the app, sharing of checklists, and many other features that we want and plan to build into eBird Mobile. Every step is bringing us closer to having the full eBird website on your mobile device!

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