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April Millions

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.

May eBirder of the Month Challenge

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.

Global Big Day—13 May 2017

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…

2016 eBirder of the Year Martin Butterfield

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, […]

eBird Australia 2016 Annual Challenge Final Results

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.

eBird data support conservation actions

Every observation you submit to eBird is valuable, and with roughly 400 million records gathered so far, eBird has grown into one of the premier information sources on bird occurrence and abundance around the world. Importantly, eBird data are curated, managed, and made freely available for education, research, and conservation use, and tens of thousands of people download eBird data each year. But how are these data actually being used out there in the real world? A recently published paper in the journal Biological Conservation examines this question, and highlights how eBird data are being used in a broad array of conservation applications around the world. The effort you put into collecting data on birds is truly making a difference! Thank you. Read on to find out more, or jump straight to the article here.

April eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, helps make eBird easier than ever. As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds with every passing month and year, the birding tools that we can provide improve apace. The perfect example is eBird Mobile—a mobile data-entry app for eBird that makes it faster and easier to track your bird sightings than ever before. More than 150,000 people have downloaded eBird Mobile so far, using the app in 26 languages—come join the fun! The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists using eBird Mobile in April. Checklists must be for observations during this month, not historical checklists entered during April. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

Merlin for Australia

Merlin – bird or legendary wizard? In this story Merlin is a free app, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which helps identify birds. Right now, Merlin Bird ID is only available for North America, but the eBird Australia team is keen to have this exciting tool available in Australia in the future.

We have begun laying the groundwork for expanding Merlin to Australia, and we need your help in providing content.

How does Merlin work?

Merlin offers two approaches to help you identify a bird…

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