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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get ready for the annual Caribbean Martin Survey coming up this September. Started by Anthony Levesque on Guadeloupe eight years ago as part of a long-term research project on the species, Anthony and eBird Caribbean expanded the survey to the entire Caribbean region in 2010. But we need your help! During the last couple of years participation has been low, severely limited how much we can learn about Caribbean Martin migration and populations. We need more volunteers to survey more areas. Click on the article to find out more.
eBird Caribbean invites you to join in the celebration of the first annual WORLD SHOREBIRDS’ DAY during September 6 and 7, 2014. Many shorebird species have been experiencing moderate to serious population declines. The goal of this initiative is to encourage people to count shorebirds at a local site to add to our knowledge, as well as celebrate and raise awareness about the conservation needs of our most extreme migrants.
It’s shorebird migration season again! With millions of shorebirds flying south from the arctic (and other northern places), it’s time to welcome the first migrants of fall 2014 to the Caribbean. As a group, shorebirds are one of the Caribbean’s most important and abundant migrants. And during migration, every day can bring new birds to your favorite shorebird habitat. To help you enjoy this year’s shorebirds, here are some suggestions and tips from eBird Caribbean.
Did you know that large portions of the Caribbean Sea have never (or almost never) been visited by birders? It’s true; the largest habitat in the Caribbean is the open ocean or pelagic zone, containing many species rarely found in other areas, yet it is also the least birded. Interested in taking your birding adventures to the sea? Want to learn more about pelagics and pelagic birding? This article is for you.
On the top left of most eBird Caribbean pages is a little link that you may not have noticed labelled Preferences. This is where you can customize how species names appear in eBird Caribbean – whether you want common names, scientific names, or both. The default English names follow the Clements Checklist, but you can change the common names (6 versions of English, 9 versions of Spanish, French, Icelandic, Turkish, and Chinese to name a few) as well. You can subscribe to our eBird Newsletter, allow checklist comments to be public, and decide whether or not to participate in the Top 100. This short article discusses these options in eBird Caribbean Preferences and how they can be set to better customize your eBird Caribbean experience.