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Global Big Day, 14 May 2016—Birding’s Biggest Day

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On Saturday 14 May, a team of more than 15,000 birders took to fields and forests around the world, recording more species in one day than ever before. This was the second Global Big Day—a coming together of the global birding community, united by our shared passion for birds. 6263 species. 43,848 checklists. 15,953 participants. 145 countries. […]

Submit Global Big Day sightings by 17 May!

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The global tally is currently at 5975—just under the magic 6k mark, and more than 57% of the world’s bird species! 38,915 checklists have been entered by 14,414 eBirders in 140 countries—all in a single day. New species are still rolling in every hour; follow along at GBD headquarters. Please submit any Global Big Day checklists by the end of May 17th—preliminary results will be released on May 18, and we want your sightings to be a part of it. If you’ve already entered your own sightings, check out the list of countries to see submissions from others—if you have a friend whose sightings aren’t represented, encourage them to get them in! Be a part of the biggest day in birding, and help us push past last year’s total of 6,158 for a new world record!

Follow Global Big Day results here.

Lots of birds, lots of lists in Global Big Day 2016

Magenta Petrel chick nearly ready to fledge (Sweetwater Conservation Covenant, Chatham Islands, NZ, Wildlife Management International Ltd., ML 28694761, CL S29626661)

Global Big Day 2016–lots of birds, lots of checklists! The day began with our New Zealand neighbours reporting the first birds of the event in the Chatham Islands at midnight: three Magenta petrel chicks emerged from their burrows, stretching their wings. In Australia, a Bush Stone-curlew was the first bird Chris Wiley saw as he set off on his Global Big Day (GBD) in Queensland where he recorded an Australia GBD record of 155 species, and a Powerful Owl was the last bird noted by Rod Gardner before the GBD drew to a close.

An extraordinary 495 species have been reported in Australia for GBD 2016. Read on for more

Global Big Day 2016!

Eyrean Grasswren, Simpson Desert, NT

How many birds can be seen in a single day? The 2015 Australia big day record is 117 (Nigel Jackett/Broome Bird Observatory). Last July in Peru, Sean Williams did a bird race on foot, traveling 18.15 km and finding 345 species! In October 2015, Dušan Brinkhuizen, Rudy Gelis, Mitch Lysinger, and Tuomas Seimola recorded 431 species in Ecuador, a new world record. On May 14th, you can be a part of the biggest day of birding the world has ever known: Global Big Day. All you have to do is submit the birds you see on May 14th to eBird, and you’ll be a part of the global team! Wherever you are, your sightings can make a difference. Read more…

May eBirder of the Month Challenge

Mulga Parrot, DS Hovorka

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding on Global Big Day! May 14th is the second Global Big Day, a global event bringing birders together around the world for a single day of team birding. In last year’s inaugural Global Big Day we noted more than 6,000 species together as a global birding community—can we surpass that this year?! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 5 or more complete no-X checklists on May 14th. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Read more…

Introducing eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search!

Black-bellied Plover by Ian Davies

We are excited release eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search, a tool for exploring photos and sounds uploaded through eBird, as well as the full collection of bird sounds and video archived in the Macaulay Library through traditional methods. With more than half a million images and thousands of audio files uploaded to eBird over the past five months there is plenty to explore! This initial version of Media Search is focused on providing results for species, date range, and location combinations, while subsequent development will focus on increasing the metadata associated with uploaded media, and building out advanced search capabilities. We hope these tools provide an exciting environment to explore the contributions of others, and also to increase the public visibility of your own efforts. Take the new Media Search tool for a test drive right now! Read more…

Doug Daniels, March eBirder of the Month

Doug atop Rondax Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains, NY, USA.

Please join us in congratulating Doug Daniels of Canandaigua, NY, USA, winner of the March 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Our March winner was drawn from among those who submitted 1 or more eligible checklists in March from at least 15 locations new to their eBird account. Doug’s name was drawn randomly from the 3,835 eBirders who achieved the March challenge threshold. Doug will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Doug to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more!

The 1′ Cell Legacy

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1′ cells are areas bounded by one minute lines of latitude and longitude. In mid-latitudes, they correspond to rectangles of approximately 1.8 x 1.2 km, equivalent in area to a circle of about 800 m radius. 1′ cells were an optional site type in Eremaea Birds, and were migrated to Eremaea eBird as hotspots in February 2014. Read more…

Eremaea eBird 2016 Annual Challenges Update #1

Red-Capped Robin, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, VIC

In 2016, the Eremaea eBird community continues to be out and about, observing birds in places near and far. Whether you’re a competitive birder who is eager to meet listing goals, or someone who just enjoys listing birds whenever you can, it’s fun to see how your lists add up over time.

The 2016 Eremaea eBird annual listing challenges are tailored to a wide range of bird observing personalities. Each challenge has specific listing goals, and can add an extra dimension to the satisfaction of seeing the accumulation of your listing efforts.

We have compiled the first Annual Challenges update, covering lists submitted in January and February of 2016. Read more…

Global Big Day—get involved

White-Cheeked Honeyeater, Royal National Park, NSW

Mark your calendars—five weeks from this coming Saturday, 14 May, is Global Big Day! Our goal with this article is to help with your local Global Big Day preparations—ensuring that you’ll be able to get the most out of eBird and the GBD in your local area and community. After reading this, you should know how to find birds around you using eBird, how to get your friends and fellow birders excited about participating, and how to make sure that eBird is being as helpful as possible for you. Read more…