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Brian Deans, December eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Brian Deans of Cordeaux Heights, NSW, Australia, winner of the December 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our December winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 3 eligible eBird checklists in a single day in December. Brian’s name was drawn randomly from the 8,271 eBirders who achieved the December challenge threshold. Brian will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Brian to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more.

New Year’s Resolution 2017: more eBirding!

The New Year is a time for fresh beginnings. As you think about your personal goals for 2017, consider stepping up your eBird use. If you visit eBird primarily to learn about sightings from others, then make 2017 the year you start contributing your own sightings. You’ll be glad that you do, because each time you enter data into eBird, its tools get better and more informative for you personally! If you are already an active eBirder, then set a new personal 2017 eBirding goal. Can you use eBird to help you find 10 new birds in 2017? What year list will you focus on? Can you visit your favorite birding spot every week of the year? Are you ready to try the 2017 eBird Checklist-a-Day” challenge? Read more for some ideas for eBird Resolutions and how to make birding and eBird even more fun in 2017. Read more…

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, give you an excuse to get out there at the start of 2017 and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the Month in 2017, all you have to do one eBird checklist for each day in January. The more eyes looking, the merrier. This is a perfect way to wrap winning free binoculars into a New Year’s Resolution! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 31 eligible checklists in January. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Read more…

2017 Checklist-a-day Challenge

In 2016, eBird received more than 3.75 million complete checklists from your birding efforts. eBird thrives on the enthusiasm and engagement of tens of thousands of loyal participants worldwide who reliably enter their birding forays in eBird. Our most loyal eBirders go a step beyond, putting in checklists from short yard counts, lunchtime walks, or a quick stop to scan their favorite local patch. Our challenge to you in 2017 is to see if you can submit at least one checklist a day—for the entire year. At the end of the year we will draw three winners from among those who submitted at least 365 eligible checklists in 2017. Read more …

eBird 2016 — Year in review

2017 will mark the 15 year anniversary of eBird. In just a decade-and-a-half, the bird checklists that you have shared have helped make eBird the largest citizen science biodiversity project in the world. More than 1/3 million eBirders have submitted 370 million bird sightings, representing 10,312 species from every country in the world. We are continually humbled by the amazing power and passion of the birding community, and have nothing but excitement as we look to the future of what we can do together. As we compile this list of eBird’s achievements in 2016, we are reminded that these are all truly your achievements. It is your contributions that power this knowledge engine. Every time you go out and keep a list of birds you see, you’re making a real contribution to our understanding of the world’s ever-changing avian biodiversity. Read more…

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

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 8.3 million observations (more than 44 million individual birds) in eBird for Australia alone (480,000 checklists from 4000 different observers) – yet still more lovers of birds are out […]

eBird Records help save Dowse Lagoon from Two Million Dollar Fountain

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

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

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