Everytime we go birding and submit an eBird checklist, we take a tiny snapshot of bird occurrence in space and time. eBird’s grand vision is to piece all these tiny snapshots together as a global tapestry of bird occurrence. This shared effort to illustrate bird occurrence begins to reveal the complex relationships of our birds to the environment and, as the seasons change, how birds flow around the planet in cycles of dispersal and migration. With this in mind, we are thrilled to share our 2017 STEM models, which are the product of several years of refinements and improvements over the classic eBird Occurrence Maps. STEM (Spatio-Temporal Exploratory Model) is a species distribution model that has been specifically developed for eBird data by statisticians and researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It’s all using sightings that you contributed! We take the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combine with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and include the last date when a species was seen in that place. The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information. Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists! To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot. At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”. Here’s an example.
The Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) is a biennial event for anyone interested in the study and conservation of Australasian birds. The conference provides a forum for ornithologists and conservationists to exchange research findings and to network with many of the region’s top bird researchers.
The 2017 conference will be held at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria from 8-11 November 2017…
All of eBird will be unavailable on June 20 between 17:30-23:00 AEST, due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance. We have to do this semi-annually to keep everything up to date and offer the best user experience possible. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. During that time, please note down your sightings in a notebook or in the eBird Mobile app for later entry, since you will be unable to enter them here on ebird.org. Thank you for your understanding!
The familiar Barn Swallow (right) has been recorded in eBird from 222 countries. You can hope to spot a Barn Swallow almost anywhere on the planet, from Alaska to Argentina, Siberia to Australia, Iceland to South Africa. Barn Swallows criss-cross the equator and traverse the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Their movements not only span an entire planet of birds, but connect a worldwide community of birders.
In the same way, Global Big Day and eBird connect all of your local birds with the rest of the world, making a real difference in the collective understanding of birds worldwide. On 13 May, every bird that you report contributes to the global team total for an unprecedented snapshot of our planet’s bird diversity. Every bird counts. Read more…
Last month brought two major milestones for eBird, amazingly each of the same bird species! On 8 April, Bill Thompson submitted a checklist from Massachusetts that included a Red-tailed Hawk: the 400-millionth sighting in eBird. A couple weeks later, Suzanne Pudelek added a photo of a Red-tailed Hawk from Michigan—the 3-millionth bird photograph in the Macaulay Library. These exciting benchmarks are a testament to the amazing contributions from you, the global community of eBirders. We’re profoundly grateful for everything that you do as a part of eBird. Thank you.
Half-billion, here we come.
This May’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding on Global Big Day! 13 May is the third Global Big Day, bringing together birders around the world for birding’s biggest day. In last year’s Global Big Day we noted 6,332 species together as a global birding community—can we top that this year?! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 3 or more eligible checklists on 13 May. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
On 14 May 2016, more than 17,500 people joined together in the biggest day of birding the world has ever seen, reporting 6,332 species across 153 countries. On 13 May, the Global Big Day is returning, and we want to know what you can find! Wherever you are on the planet, just a few minutes around your house or in a nearby park can make a difference. Whether you go birding for 5 minutes or five hours, we want to hear about it. Can you help put the birds in your neighborhood, state or country on the map? Will you record Palm Cockatoo this year for Australia? Malleefowl? Hooded Parrot? These Australian birds were not represented in GBD 2016–let’s represent as many Australian birds as we can this year. Learn more at the Global Big Day HQ, and stay tuned at that link on the day itself to keep up with sightings coming in at near real-time from around the world.
It’s that time of year again! Global Big Day is less than four weeks away; it will be held on 13 May in 2017. Your contributions to the past two Global Big Days have set back-to-back world records for the most bird species seen in a single day. Last year’s Global Big Day featured more than 60% of the world’s bird species in a single day, with sightings coming in from more than 17,500 eBirders spread across 154 countries. In Australia, 353 observers recorded 504 species for last year’s Global Big Day. Thank you for making this possible. Want to be a part of the fun again? If you need an excuse to go enjoy birds on a lovely weekend day in May, we’ve got you covered, including tips on maximizing your Global Big Day experience. Let’s get even more people recording even more Australian birds in this year’s Global Big Day.
If you’re looking to get started preparing for this year’s Global Big Day, read more for three quick ways to have the most fun…
Please join us in congratulating Martin Butterfield, who was recently chosen as the 2016 eBird Australia Annual Challenge prize winner. The measures of the Annual Challenge reveal that Martin is commendably prolific, consistent, adventurous, faithful, and dedicated in submitting his bird lists to eBird Australia. We asked Martin to tell us a little about himself, […]
We’re pleased to announce the final results of the 2016 eBird Australia Annual Challenges. If you have submitted eligible lists to eBird, you didn’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 2016 eBird Australia annual listing challenges, they are listing challenges tailored to a wide range of bird observing personalities. Each challenge has specific listing goals, meant to add an extra dimension to the satisfaction of seeing the accumulation of your listing efforts. Whether you’re a competitive birder who is eager to meet listing goals, or someone who enjoys watching birds whenever you can, it’s fun to see how your observations add up over time.