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New Year’s Resolution 2018: eBird

Let 2018 be the year to step up your eBird use. If you have enjoyed tapping into eBird reports from others, set a goal to start contributing your own sightings in 2018. Submit a sighting online or via eBird Mobile to see just how easy it is to join the eBird community. If you have been participating in eBird for a long time, maybe you can add a few more checklists from your home  or by submit a few more photos and audio recordings? Have you been meaning to  enter some old records that you’d like to have in eBird? Every piece of data has value. New Year’s Resolutions are a way to set fun challenges and personal goals. Read on for some ideas for eBird Resolutions and how to make birding and eBird even more fun in 2018.

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, gives you an excuse to get out there at the start of 2018 and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the Month in 2018, all you have to do is submit one eBird checklist for each day in January.

Win a free Cornell Lab Ornithology Course

We’re excited to partner with the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy to offer a suite of exciting educational resources in thanks for your eBirding: in January, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to win free access to our Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology Course. This is a ~$350 value with the included e-book, and we’ll have 5 copies to give away.

Birder Certification

The Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network of the National Park Service uses an online certification program to ensure that those who conduct landbird monitoring are sufficiently skilled and qualified to do so. As a BCN monitor you may want to consider completing this certification program or use the practice tests as a training/refresher resource. […]

Priority Sites: monitors needed!

The Chicago Wilderness region needs bird monitors at many beautiful and exciting locations. If you know the local birds by sight and sound and want to contribute to conservation, if you have time to visit a site several times a year and report your observations, please look at our current list of high priority sites without monitors. These are sites where the land manager or steward is eager for input, or where coverage is needed for trends analysis. Updated May 2013.

Population Trends of Breeding Birds of the Chicago Region 1999-2012

The BCN Survey has amassed a large volume of breeding bird data collected by the bird monitors of the Chicago Region. A key goal of this analysis is to learn the regional trends of our various bird species in order to educate the public, monitor species of concern, and help improve land management practices for […]

Join the Conversation!

All bird monitors and everyone interested in habitat and conservation in the Greater Chicago area–

Join us on beebzz, the newly-created listserv of the BCN Survey! Connect with other monitors and people of like interests. Share your observations, ideas and concerns. See how your efforts combine with those of others to improve bird habitat in our area.

Subscribe now! The conversation has already begun.

Chicago Region Bird Population Trends

The 2007 Chicago Region Breeding Birds Trends Analysis, a joint project by Audubon Chicago Region, the Bird Conservation Network, and Chicago Wilderness, can be viewed on the BCN website: This second trends analysis, including large amounts of new data, shows results of breeding bird surveys from 1999 to 2007.

For national trends, click on the tab “View and Explore Data” in eBird/BCN.