eBird Mobile has been available as a speedy and free data-entry app for iOS and Android devices since 2015. Nearly 200,000 people have used eBird Mobile, and over 50% of all eBird sightings are now entered via the app. Until recently, eBird Mobile has been entirely focused on data collection—today we’re very excited to announce the release of My eBird tools across eBird Mobile! See […]
Merlin Bird ID, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology’s app to help you identify birds in your area, has just landed in Central America! After the United States and Canada, then Mexico, the award-winning app has just released new bird packs for Belize and Guatemala, putting all the birds one can expect to see there—including resident species—at […]
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 […]
Congratulations to Daniel Martínez for reporting a new species to the eBird Central American list: Dark-billed Cuckoo, from Río Indio in southeastern Nicaragua! This represents species number 1212 for eBird in Central America. Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus) is found throughout tropical South America, and also occurs on the Galapagos Islands. It’s a long-distance austral migrant […]
During the months of April and May, flycatchers of the genera Empidonax and Contopus are some of the most common and difficult birds to identify in Central America. To help you with this challenging group, we have prepared an overview of the expected species in the region. We hope this will prove useful as you prepare for Global Big Day, and for everyday birding during these months.
When confronted in the field with one of these generally drab flycatchers, the first thing to figure out is whether you’re looking at a Contopus wood-pewee or an Empidonax flycatcher.
During Easter Week 2017, eight teenagers participated in the first eBird camp organized by Zamorano University in Honduras. Ranging in age from 13 to 17 years, the campers have been birding for anywhere from two years to just a few days. The objective of the camp was to encourage young birders to learn best practices when […]
It’s that time of year again! Four weeks from today is Global Big Day. 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 […]
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.
Have you tried Merlin Bird ID yet? Merlin is a free bird identification app developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with photos, sounds and species accounts to help you identify birds. Merlin is available for iOS and Android devices, and offers bird packs for all the birds of the United States and Canada, and a bird pack specifically […]
With more than 2.5 million images already in the Macaulay Library/eBird media collection, and thousands more added every day, it’s important to be able to find what you’re looking for. To that end, we’ve recently enabled the capability for any logged-in eBird user to rate the quality of any piece of media in the collection. […]