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Sheila Hale, October eBirder of the Month

Sheila birding in Tanzania

Please join us in congratulating Sheila Hale of Spruce Grove, Alberta, winner of the October 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our October winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 15 eligible eBird checklists in October using eBird Mobile. Sheila name was drawn randomly from the 2,348 eBirders who achieved the October challenge threshold. Sheila will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD […]

Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast 2016-2017

Red-breasted Nuthatch, my garden

Each year Ron Pittaway researches and writes a forecast of the movements of winter finches in the upcoming winter. This forecast is centered on Ontario populations, but has wide applicability across Canada. Ron has graciously allowed us to copy his forecast in full for the education of eBird enthusiasts across the country.

Explore and share your birding with eBird Profile Pages!

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320,000 eBirders and growing… You’ve looked through eBird checklists and seen their names: kindred birding spirits whose sightings you may have glimpsed only once, or followed regularly over months and years. Now, you can find out who the people are behind these names by exploring eBird’s new Profile Pages! Whether you’re a backyard birder or a globe-trotting world lister, eBird Profile Pages allow you to share your birding story with friends and the entire eBird community. This first version of your public eBird dashboard focuses on showcasing your eBird/Macaulay Library activity with tools that visualize all your sightings and highlight your recent media contributions—all updated with each new eBird contribution. We hope these Profile Pages provide a fun new way to visualize the contributions you’ve made to eBird and the Macaulay Library, inspire you to ‘fill in the gaps’ in your profile maps, and allow you to get to know other eBirders by exploring their Profile Pages. Enjoy meeting the global eBird community, and set up your eBird Profile Page today!

Karen Marshall, June eBirder of the Month

Karen resting between birds in California

Please join us in congratulating Karen Marshall of Prince George, British Columbia, winner of the June 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our June winner was drawn from among those who submitted at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. Karen’s name was drawn randomly from the 794 eBirders who achieved the June challenge threshold. Karen will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for her eBirding efforts. We asked Karen to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more!

Ontario Reaches One million eBird Checklists!

Common Gallinule Photo: Ron Ridout

eBird growth across Canada has been nothing short of phenomenal, particularly over the past few years as a critical mass of eBirders have joined in. This is true nowhere more than in Ontario where the first eleven years saw about 250,000 eBird checklist submissions followed by another 750,000 since the start of 2013.

Global Big Day—14 May, 2016

May 14, 2016. The second Global Big Day. We need your help to make it the biggest day of birding the world has ever seen. With less than three months until the day, it’s time to get started!

Last year, thanks to participation from eBirders worldwide, we were able to engage more than 14,000 people in 135 countries to submit almost 45,000 checklists, featuring 6,085 species of birds. All in a single day. More importantly, it introduced eBird to hundreds of new people, resulting in thousands of valuable checklists of bird sightings that are used for science and conservation worldwide. Thank you to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing many new faces joining the ranks this year!

eBird is Mobile and Global—Android is here!

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Android users rejoice! eBird Mobile is now available for free in the Google Play store, complementing the iOS version of the app that was released earlier this year. eBird Mobile is a single app that allows you to enter eBird observations from anywhere in the world. eBird Mobile is completely translated into 8 languages, and supports species common names in more than 20 languages. Its offline functionality even allows you to enter sightings in areas with no cell service, or when traveling abroad without Internet access. If you haven’t tried eBird Mobile yet, there is no better time! Both of these apps build off of the groundbreaking BirdLog app, initially developed by David Bell and BirdsInTheHand, LLC in 2012.

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December eBirder of the Month Challenge

Great Gray Owl

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on documenting your eBird sightings using photos and audio. As announced in early November, we are ecstatic to have our Media Upload tool available across eBird—a partnership with the Macaulay Library that now allows you to drag-and-drop your media right into any eBird checklist, archiving it in Macaulay.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids!

Kingston Junior Naturalists (2013). Photo: Anne Robertson

Do you know a budding young birder? Interested in connecting youth to birds and nature? The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) may be for you!  The CBC4Kids is a fun, family-friendly winter birdwatching event, based on the traditional Christmas Bird Count. The goal is to connect youth with the natural world, and mentor the […]

eBird and Macaulay Library: next generation tools for rich media

Female Belted Kingfisher. Port Bruce, ON. Photo: Ron Ridout

It’s no surprise that birders are a visual and aural community—after all, we spend most of our time searching for birds by sight and sound. Millions of birders around the world now carry cameras into the field, and many people also record bird sounds using smartphones. Until now, this rich resource of bird photos and sounds has been scattered across disparate resources, or in the worst cases has not been captured at all. Using the data collection power of eBird, and the long-term curation and archival capabilities of the Macaulay Library, we’ve created a home at the Cornell Lab for this next generation of bird information. Leveraging the strengths of both projects, we’ve developed a scientific foundation and a streamlined process for collecting rich media that provides a long-term, open data resource searchable by birders and scientists alike—a real-time, digital natural history collection. And did we forget to mention, it’s incredibly fun? Through a simple drag-and-drop process, it is now easy to illustrate your eBird checklists with photos and audio files, not only providing documentation for your bird records, but also creating a visual and audio tapestry of what you’re encountering in the field, and easily share it with others.