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February eBirder of the Month Challenge

Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala). Photograph by Lisa Sorenson.

This month’s global eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on the mobile world. As of December 2015, eBird Mobile is available for FREE on both iOS and Android devices. eBird Mobile makes in-the-field data entry just a few taps away, no matter where you are in the world. Increased use of mobile provides greatly improved accuracy in counting, precise location selection, and overall birding effort information. And, no more data entry when you get home at the end of the day! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete no-X checklists using eBird Mobile in February. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

2016 International Piping Plover Census Starts Monday!

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Note the pink flag and greenish band. Colored bands and flags allow researchers to identify individual birds. If you see a marked bird, do your best to document the pattern. Photograph by Walker Golder.

This Monday, January 18th, marks the official start of the 2016 International Piping Plover Census. Please consider helping us learn more about the distribution and abundance of this threatened species on its winter grounds by combining this census with your CWC counts. Read on to find out more about the International Piping Plover Census and how you can participate.

2016 Caribbean Waterbird Census

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla). Photograph by Alistair Homer.

The 7th annual Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) is starting very soon! In 2016, the main three-week count period will start on Thursday, January 14, and end on Wednesday, February 3. This includes three weekends and World Wetlands Day on February 2. So if you haven’t already planned your counts, join us for another great CWC! Click here to read more.

eBird is Mobile and Global—get the eBird Mobile app!

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Smartphone users rejoice! eBird Mobile is now available for free for Android and iOS in both the Google Play and iTunes stores. 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!

Christmas Bird Counts, December 2015 and January 2016

Christmas Bird Count participants counting birds in the field. Photo by Lynn Gape.

It’s December, which means it is almost time for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). For many birders, the CBC is their favorite event of the year, so be sure not to miss out on this fun opportunity to go birding with friends and contribute to science at the same time! Never been part of a CBC before? Don’t miss out on the fun. Read on to find out how to join a count this year.

2016 International Piping Plover Census – We Need your Help!

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by Walker Golder.

Every five years, hundreds of volunteers fan out over miles of coastal habitat to survey one of the most endangered shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere, the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). We need your help to look for them and count them in the Caribbean during 2016! To read more about how you can participate in the 2016 International Piping Plover Census, click here.

October eBirder of the Month Challenge

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This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on counting. Every time you go eBirding, there is some counting involved. Whether that is counting the number of species that you see, or the number of individuals of each species—you’re already doing it. The goal of the challenge this month is to make your sightings count…by counting the birds you see! Avoiding the use of “X” in your checklist (where “X” means “present”), makes your sightings much more valuable for science and conservation. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 31 complete checklists not containing an “X” during October. That is an average of one checklist a day—and all you have to do is count! Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Read on to learn more.

World Shorebirds Day – September 4–6, 2015

Red Knot (Calidris canutus). This year's shorebird of the year. Photograph by John Webster.

Get ready for the second annual World Shorebirds Day happening soon during September 4–6, 2015. World Shorebirds Day is a chance to celebrate shorebirds and promote their conservation during fall migration, an important time for shorebirds, but also a great time to see them as they migrate to their wintering grounds. The Caribbean is a very important region for migratory shorebirds—our beaches, mudflats, tidal flats, mangroves, salinas, estuaries, and salt ponds provide critical stopover sites for migrating birds as well as wintering habitat for many species which may spend up to 9 months of the year with us—so join eBird Caribbean in celebrating shorebirds during this year’s World Shorebirds Day! Click here to read more.

Why do you eBird? Find out why birders love eBird Caribbean.

Photograph by Eladio Fernandez.

Wondering why birders all over the Caribbean are excited about eBird Caribbean? Want to know how eBird Caribbean can help you become a better birder? Or maybe you just need a little encouragement and inspiration to try it for yourself. From beginning birders to conservation biologists, eBird Caribbean has something for everyone. In this article, four eBird Caribbean contributors share their experiences with eBird Caribbean, explaining the different ways in which they use eBird Caribbean and why they love it so much. We hope their stories will inspire you to start using eBird Caribbean as well, or find new ways to enjoy being an eBirder.

Tips for eBirding your Big Day

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If you are as nuts about birding as we are, and are planning a full-scale effort for the upcoming Global Big Day on 9 May, we know you are likely to cover an extensive route with multiple sites. You will generate large quantities of valuable data for science, if you upload your observations to eBird, following our tips for eBirding a big day. We want your big day effort to be more than just a lot of fun. We want it to be of great value for conservation and ornithology, and for future birders. Here are 7 tips that will help make that happen: