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February eBirder of the Month Challenge

Jermy Schroeter, Park Ranger for the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, birding with youth at Hope Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.

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 wetland with for 30 years, or someone who is just starting. They could be an eBirder already, or […]

eBird 2016 — Year in review

2017 marks the 15 year anniversary of eBird. In just a decade-and-a-half, the bird checklists that you have shared have helped make eBird the largest citizen science biodiversity project in the world. More than 1/3 million eBirders have submitted 370 million bird sightings, representing 10,312 species from every country in the world. We are continually humbled by […]

December eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, highlights the value of splitting your day of birding into multiple lists. By keeping multiple lists throughout a morning or day of birding, the information that you’re collecting is much more valuable—both for your own personal records and for researchers and conservationists! Sound […]

November Global eBirder of the Month Challenge

Who can look at a bird as garish and ridiculous as an oystercatcher and not want to know more? (photo of American Oystercatcher in Guadeloupe by Anthony Levesque)

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, invites you to look at birds through what might not be your usual lens: a camera. November marks one year since we released the ability to add photos and audio directly to your eBird checklists, archiving your media in the Macaulay Library. […]

Wanted!! Shorebird Enthusiasts

Are you a shorebird fan and want to support their conservation? Do you already carry out counts for the Caribbean Waterbird Census? Then join the International Shorebird Survey (ISS), a volunteer-based monitoring program specifically focusing on counting shorebirds during the southbound and northbound migration. These surveys are implemented throughout the Western Hemisphere and the data that has been gathered by volunteers has proven key to shorebird conservation planning. Read on to learn how to participate.

Caribbean Birders Take Note: Changes are Upon Us!

Every year, new ornithological research digs deeper into furthering our understanding of the complex behaviors, distributions, morphologies, and relationships among bird species across the world. Beginning in 1886, the NACC has published the AOU Checklist of North American Birds that comprehensively catalogues bird species known to North and Middle America. Most recently, their 57th Supplement to this checklist was released in June via the AOU’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Within that supplement, two species well-known to Caribbean birders have undergone important changes. Read on to find out more.

Michiel Oversteegen, August eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Michiel Oversteegen of Oranjestad, Aruba, winner of the worldwide August 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our August winner was drawn from among eligible checklists that contained 3+ images or 1+ audio files. Michiel’s name was drawn randomly from the 3,383 eBirders who achieved the August challenge threshold, submitting a total of 17,335 eligible checklists. Michiel will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Michiel to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more. He titles his post “eBirding in paradise”—we can’t help but agree!

Explore and share your birding with eBird Profile Pages!

320,000 eBirders and growing… You’ve looked through eBird Caribbean 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 Caribbean’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 Caribbean community. We hope these Profile Pages provide a fun new way to visualize the contributions you’ve made to eBird Caribbean 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. Read on to learn how to set up your eBird Profile Page today.

Identifying Warblers in the Caribbean

Warblers are among the most beautiful and entertaining Caribbean birds. With about 40 regularly occurring species in the Caribbean, this wide variety of warblers provides year-round birding opportunities and challenges, and also lots of fun no matter your skill level. Want to learn how to identify these fascinating birds? These tips make observing and identifying Caribbean warblers fun and simple! Read on to learn more.

Caribbean Birders Help Set New Global Big Day Record

More than one hundred Caribbean birders participated in this year’s Global Big Day, helping to set a new world record of 6,299 species, as well as set a new Global Big Day record for the Caribbean itself! In order to break the old record, birders all over the world spent the 24 hours of May 14 observing and counting as many species as possible—jointly recording over 60% of all living birds in only one day and passing the old record by 141 species! In the eBird Caribbean region1, the 428 species seen (278 in the West Indies) was 42 more than last year. By joining the Global Big Day, participants enjoyed an exciting day of birding, but also showed their support for bird conservation and citizen science in the Caribbean and around the world. Keep reading for some statistics and a few of the many highlights from Global Big Day in the Caribbean.