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Save the date: 2017 Australasian Ornithological Conference (8-11 November)

The Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) is a biennial event for anyone interested in the study and conservation of Australasian birds. The 2017 conference provides a forum for ornithologists and conservationists to exchange research findings and ideas, and is a golden opportunity to meet and network with many of the top bird researchers from Australia and […]

2017 Great Global Backyard Bird Count: 17-20 February

Join us for the count February 17-20, 2017! A lot has changed since the first Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was held in 1998. Each year brings unwavering enthusiasm from the growing number of participants in this now-global event. The 20th annual GBBC is taking place February 17-20 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches—anywhere you find birds.

Bird watchers should count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count; Australian eBirders can simply enter GBBC checklists as normal by using the eBird mobile app or online at ebird.org/australia. All the data that bird watchers gather during this time period contribute to a global snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Read on

February eBirder of the Month Challenge

Sharing is caring. This month’s eBirder of the Month Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding with others. This could be a day in the field with a long-time birding friend that you’ve been checking the local lake with for 30 years, or someone who is just starting. They could be an eBirder already, or somebody who like birds but hasn’t started eBirding yet. The eBirder of the Month will be chosen from all eligible shared checklists submitted during February. Each shared checklist that you’re a part of gives you one chance to win. These lists could be shared with you from another person, or shared from you to someone else—the only requirement is that all people on the shared checklist were a part of the birding event. These checklists must be entered, shared, and accepted by the last day of the month in order to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

37 years of counting – building a long-term picture

By Craig Morley
As a young teacher at Geelong High School in 1979, I was looking for an activity to engage students for the last few days of the school year. Being a keen birder, I decided to offer the students the opportunity to survey the adjoining parkland, Eastern Park (eBird hotspot Eastern Park (Geelong)), to find out what bird species were present. This student project, which continued for many years, also grew on me. I soon found myself spending many enjoyable hours surveying the birds and taking notes on numbers, distribution, and behaviour, including feeding and breeding. I have continued this project uninterrupted for the past 37 years–read on for more about what I have noticed about trends in bird visits to Eastern Park over the years.

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! […]