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The first Honduras eBird Camp

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 […]

Global Big Day — 13 May 2017

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 […]

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.

Help us build our Photo ID tools!

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 […]

Introducing community rating for photos and sounds!

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. […]

March eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on getting photos and audio recordings of birds. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have an expensive camera setup to take part—even a quick snap or recording from your smartphone can make a difference! The eBirder of the Month will be chosen from […]

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

If you have always wanted to share your passion for birding with others, between February 17 and 20 you will have the perfect excuse to do just that, by inviting them to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This four-day annual event is aimed at introducing birders of all ages to the fun of […]

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, […]

Achievements of eBird Central America in 2016

In 2016, eBird turned 15 years old, and surpassed 370 million observations accumulated through its life, uploaded from all over the world. More than 300,000 people have now entered data, and the project has continued to grow by roughly 30% a year for the last decade. 2016 marked the first complete year for the new photo […]

Winners of the Central American eBirder of the Year Awards 2016

Exactly one year ago today, we announced the Central American eBirder of the Year 2016 competition. We asked you to submit 365 or more complete, no-X checklists during 2016, following the motto “one checklist a day keeps the doctor away”. Twenty-five observers in the Central American region were able to accomplish that goal. Each one […]