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October eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will keep get you snapping photos and recording bird sounds. Every time you take a photo or hold out a microphone, you’re creating an incredibly powerful piece of data. Media help document records, provide resources for learning and education, and also pave the way for future eBird and birding tools like Merlin Photo ID. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists in September containing at least one rated photo or sound. Checklists must be for observations during this month; not historical checklists entered during September. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

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: www.bcnbirds.org/trends07. 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.