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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


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


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:

Global Big Day — Join Us 9 May 2015

Red-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus). Photograph by Ted Lee Eubanks.

For more than 30 years, Cornell’s Team Sapsucker has been doing Big Days to raise money for conservation. We’ve had some great times, from our awesome 294 species run in Texas to last year’s El Gigante that combined Arizona and California for 275 species. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Big Day efforts have also provided an ideal way for our student teams, the Redheads, to fundraise for student research as they participate in the World Series of Birding. Big Days are a big deal for us – raising more than a million dollars for conservation in the last three years alone. This year, we are doing something different, turning our Big Day into a Global Big Day. Keep reading to learn more.

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 […]