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David Fraser, July eBirder of the Month


Please join us in congratulating David Fraser of Victoria, British Columbia, winner of the July 2015 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Our July winner was drawn from among those who submitted at least 15 complete checklists shared with other eBirders during July. David’s name was drawn randomly from the 989 eBirders who achieved the July challenge threshold. David will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked David to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more!

eBird mobile app for iOS now available!


We would like to invite you to download the new eBird free iOS app for data entry. You can find the app at this link in iTunes:

Download on the App Store

In 2012, David Bell’s company BirdsInTheHand, LLC, released a mobile app called ‘BirdLog’, on Android and iOS devices. This app revolutionized the way birders recorded information in the field, and was the first and only app to tie directly into your eBird account for data entry. The app became so critical to eBird, that in 2014 the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and David Bell reached an agreement to transfer development and management the app to the eBird team at Cornell. All current iterations of BirdLog will be sunsetted in the near future, so it is important to make the switch to eBird mobile as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about the transition.

Join Bird Studies Canada for the 2015 Great Canadian Birdathon!

Bird Studies Canada challenges you to join the 2015 Great Canadian Birdathon.

This spring, the time you spend birding can help the birds. Participating is easy: simply register, ask your friends and family to support your effort, choose any day in May and go birding. The funds you raise support bird conservation across Canada. We thank all our Birdathon participants for raising awareness and funds to help birds!

Greg Wagner, March eBirder of the Month

Ring-necked Duck

Please join us in congratulating Greg Wagner of High River, Alberta, winner of the March 2015 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Our March winner was drawn from among those who submitted at least 20 complete checklists containing one or more species of waterfowl in the month of March. Greg’s name was drawn randomly from the 2,096 eBirders who achieved the waterfowl challenge threshold. Greg will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Greg to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more!

Introducing eBird Targets–Explore the possibilities

Double-striped Thick-knee. Photo by Chris Wood.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of eBird Targets–a new tool that creates a prioritized list of county, state, or life birds that you can expect to find in a region. Enter a region, range of months, and then select the list you’d like to compare. eBird compares your selected list against the full species list for the selected region and months, creating a target species list that can be sorted taxonomically or by frequency (the percentage of checklists that have reported the species). Each time you submit a checklist to eBird, a geo-referenced tag is created that allows you to keep track of your lists on the My eBird pages. From the simple life list to very focused region-based year lists, eBird Targets allows birders to play the games they find most interesting while creating more and better data for science.

Alexander Skevington–October 2014 Zeiss eBirder of the Month

Alexander Skevington in Australia. Photo by Angela Skevington

Please join us in congratulating Alexander Skevington of Constance Bay, Ontario, winner of the October 2014 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Alexander’s name was drawn randomly from the more than 4300 people who submitted a stationary count of at least 1 hour duration in October. Alexander will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars and a selection of books from Princeton University Press. View Alexander’s winning checklist from Australia here. We asked Alexander to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds, which you can read here.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Photo Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum

September 1st marked a sad date for birds. It was the 100 year anniversary of the death of the last known Passenger Pigeon – one named Martha which, at the age of 29, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. Not too long before her death, no one could have imagined the species would ever disappear. They were so abundant that flock sizes were often measured in days they took to pass an area and nesting colonies were measured by the lots and concessions that they covered.

Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast

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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.  The original forecast […]

A half a billion biodiversity records


Recently, eBird updated the data we share and publish through the Global Biodiversity Facility (GBIF), an international infrastructure that provides open access to biodiversity data. One result of this refresh is that data accessible through GBIF’s network now exceeds 500 million records—a true milestone for access to biodiversity information. This short article explains how data are made available and includes an interactive map showing where observations come from.

Taxonomy updating now!

Large rail taxonomy is changing in this update. Clapper Rail is split into three species and King Rail (pictured) is split into two.

The eBird taxonomy is updating today (4 Aug 2014) and the process will continue for at least a couple days (until Tuesday, 5 Aug or Wednesday, 6 Aug). We do this once a year to take into account splits, lumps, name changes, and changes in the sequence of the species lists. You may notice some unusual behavior with your lists and other tools (see below), but this is nothing to worry about. Within a few days the process should be complete. Please bear with us while we update the many database tables that we use in eBird. The eBird taxonomy uses the Clements/eBird Checklist; the integrated Clements/eBird Checklist includes all taxa, while the eBird lists includes those options useful for checklist reporting (scoter sp., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher, certain hybrids, etc.) and the Clements Checklist includes only species, subspecies groups, and subspecies (eBird does not include subspecies unless part of a field-identifiable subspecies group).