Changes will be happening over the next week with how eBird users report Rock Pigeons. Most checklists will now contain Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) as an option. Since eBird is a global system it needs to be consistent throughout the world. In the Old World, where Rock Pigeon is native, most observers draw distinctions between Feral Pigeons (city [...]
Team eBird is pleased to once again host Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast. While the focus of this piece is on Ontario, we believe it has interest to a wider audience. The forecast was first posted at http://www.jeaniron.ca/2013/forecast.htm. GENERAL FORECAST: This is not an irruption (flight) year for winter finches, but there will be some southward [...]
For the first time birders can explore eBird’s site information in a map-based tool designed to provide quick access to the information they need. Discover the best places for birding nearby or around the world. The Hotspot Explorer provides a completely new way to plan birding trips, putting millions of records from over 100,000 eBirders [...]
A new tool for birdwatchers and eBird participants has just been made available in Avibase, a web site managed by Denis Lepage and hosted by Bird Studies Canada. The new section of the site is called MyAvibase and allows birdwatchers to maintain their own life lists and generate reports that can help planning their next birding trip. Birdwatchers can use maps and graphs to quickly see how many species can be found in a given region and at various times of year, for instance. Once their own lifelists are imported in Avibase, they can also view how many new species (lifers) they could potentially add on a trip and decide when and where to go for that next great birding adventure!
The eBird Top100 is one of the more popular pages in eBird. It displays the contributions of individuals, showing how many species and how many checklists our contributors have reported. The Top100 was released before eBird went global a couple years ago, and we are excited to announce today that it is now possible to see the Global Top100. Check out where your world life list falls compared to other eBirders. In addition to comparing World life lists and global checklist submissions, you can also compare a suite of new “major regions”. These are the same ones that appear on the major regions tab of the My eBird page and include continents and subcontinental listing regions, as well as a few other select regions in accord with the ABA Listing regions.
The 2013 BirdLife International World Congress – the most exciting and inspiring event in the conservation calendar – is being held in Ottawa. With 121 partners around the globe, BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Bird Studies Canada is a proud BirdLife partner and Congress co-host.
Bird Studies Canada’s Project NestWatch is a citizen science program that help us follow and understand the health of bird populations through the long-term monitoring of nesting activity. Valuable data collected through provincial and regional nest record schemes across Canada, and by NestWatch volunteers, support effective conservation efforts for wild birds and their habitats.
In late April, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) met in Winnipeg to assess the status of many different species of wildlife across the country. Of interest to eBirders are the three species of birds that were examined. Two may come as no surprise but many will be dismayed to learn of the precipitous decline of the Bank Swallow in Canada.
We often get asked “What am I supposed to put in the comments of my eBird checklists?” or “What’s the difference between checklist and species comments?” and other similar questions. In this article we explain the proper use of comments and how the information entered can help provide key documentation for exceptional species or counts.
We’d like to thank the top eBird checklist contributors for 2012. The following list includes those Canadian individuals and organizations who have entered or uploaded more than 2000 eBird checklists in 2012. Georges Lachaîne–9859; Evelyne Samson–5431; Donald Sutherland–4570; Wayne Weber–3872; Tyler Hoar–3815; Mike Burrell–3526; Douglas Leighton–2952; John Weier–2528; Mark Dennis–2456; Gerald Romanchuk–2392; Kingston Field Naturalists–2315; Christian Artuso–22254; Wayne Renaud–2214; Elaine Presseau–2197; Adrian Dorst–2129. And thanks to all 3253 Canadian contributors who have entered eBird checklists in 2012!