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eBird Caribbean 2014 Contest Winners Announced!

Maria Milagros Paulino, grand prize winner of the second 2014 eBird Caribbean contest. Photograph by Steve Latta.

eBird Caribbean is excited to announce the results of the final 2014 eBird Caribbean birding contest. The contest’s goal this time was to encourage active participation in eBird Caribbean throughout the whole year. Thus, to be eligible for the drawing for the second contest, participants were required to submit at least 50 effort based, complete checklists during all of 2014. Thanks to the generous donations and support of eBird Caribbean’s partners, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, and BirdsCaribbean, eBird Caribbean has some great prizes to award to the winners. Now that all the checklists have finally been tallied, eBird Caribbean is ready to announce who the winners are! Keep reading to find out who won.

Counting Waterfowl (and Other Waterbirds) During Spring Migration

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors). Photograph by Andrew Dobson.

Migration is a great time to be birding. Because migrating birds rarely remain in one place very long, new birds can appear in your local wetland every day. This makes migration birding a lot of fun, and it also makes it important to monitor populations frequently. Spring waterbird migration is already starting, so now is the time to start visiting your local wetlands and begin submitting Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) checklists again.

Great (Global) Backyard Bird Count — Take someone birding!

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) in Antigua by Ted Eubanks.

February 13-16 (Friday through Monday) is the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). To participate, go birding during this timeframe and make sure to enter your checklists in eBird Caribbean. For 2015, we really want the GBBC weekend to focus on sharing your knowledge with others. Do you have a friend or family member who has always wanted to go birding with you? Someone you should teach to use eBird Caribbean? A young person whom you think you could turn on to birds and share your sense of wonder? Make the GBBC the weekend where you pick up the phone and invite him or her along. Keep reading to learn more about the GBBC and how to participate through eBird Caribbean.

2015 Caribbean Waterbird Census

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor). Photograph by Doug Weidemann

We are pleased to announce the SIXTH Annual Regional Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) Count in 2015. The 2015 CWC count will take place from Wednesday, Jan. 14 to Tuesday, February 3rd inclusive. This includes 3 weekends and World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2nd. Please mark your calendars and plan to conduct at least one CWC […]

Make eBird Caribbean your New Year’s Resolution!

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). What was your first bird of 2015? Photograph by Doug Weidemann.

2014 was a great year for eBird Caribbean. During 2014, hundreds of birders submitted over 10,000 complete checklists to eBird Caribbean! Caribbean eBirders also recorded an amazing amount of diversity—517 species have been reported this year! Thank you to everyone for your hard work and participation! Not only did eBird Caribbean users improve eBird Caribbean’s database of Caribbean bird sightings immensely, but they also participated in a lot of other great activities through eBird Caribbean such as the Caribbean Waterbird Census and binocular contests. Keep reading for more 2014 highlights and some of our plans for 2015.

Christmas Bird Count

A group of Christmas Bird Count participants counting birds during the 2011 CBC. Don't miss out on the fun. Join a Christmas Bird Count this year! Photo provided by Erika Gates.

December is Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season and eBird Caribbean would like to encourage everyone to participate in this year’s counts if possible. Read on to learn how to find out about CBC count locations near you and how to enter your CBC lists into eBird Caribbean.

eBird Caribbean Binocular Contest Ending Soon!

Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) can be found in most coastal habitats in the Caribbean. How many of your checklists have included this species? Photograph by Doug Weidemann.

Thanks to the generation donations and assistance of our partners BirdsCaribbean, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, eBird Caribbean has had the opportunity to award a number of great prizes to eBird Caribbean participants this year. The last contest of the year, for a pair of Conquest HD Zeiss Binoculars, is ending shortly. So if you haven’t won a prize yet, this is your last chance! Read on to learn more about the contest.

Introducing eBird Targets—Explore the Possibilities

eBird Caribbean is pleased to announce the launch of eBird Targets–a new tool that creates a prioritized list of parish, country, 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 Caribbean 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 Caribbean, 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.

Ontario and New York-banded Great Egrets wintering in the Caribbean—Can you find them?

Great Egret (Ardea alba).  Photo by Doug Weidemann

The Great Egret (Ardea alba) is an important wading bird found in the Caribbean. eBird Caribbean and biologist Chip Weseloh and colleagues are using citizen science projects to study its ecology. We need your help finding Great Egrets! Read on to learn what exciting research is being done and how you can participate.

Watching for Migrants this October—International Migratory Bird Day

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens). Watch for these and other amazing warblers during migration.

One of the biggest events of the birding calendar, International Migratory Bird Day, is coming up this weekend on October 11. The Caribbean is fortunate to be located in the center of many Western Hemisphere migration routes. The diversity of migrants passing through the Caribbean is incredible, including shorebirds, raptors, warblers, and numerous other birds. As many Caribbean birders will tell you, attending an International Migratory Bird Day is a great way to experience migration in the Caribbean and learn more about it.