In appreciation for all those who have participated in eBird, we are pleased to offer special discounted subscriptions to the acclaimed bird life history resource: Birds of North America Online. This comprehensive resource includes information on distribution, breeding, migration, habitats, and behavior for over 700 different species of birds that breed in Canada and the United States. The accounts include photos and audio selections for all species covered. For those who would like to sign-up for a full subscription or to renew a current subscription, BNA Online is now available at the discounted rate of $25 for a 1 year subscription, $50 for a 2 year subscription and $75 for a three year subscription. Read on to find out more.
Here is a great opportunity to show off your birding skills – enter The Parade of Plumage Challenge. The National Museum of Wildlife Art, University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute and the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates are challenging you to identify the species depicted in Francois Nicolas Martinet’s 18th century engravings. Martinet illustrated the works of some of the great naturalists of his time, including Buffon, Ray and Brisson. More details, including a description of the fabulous prizes, can be found by visiting http://www.paradeofplumage.com/ The challenge ends on 31 December 2014.
Please join us in congratulating Jeff Bleam of Boulder Creek, California, winner of the November 2014 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Jeff’s name was drawn randomly from the more than 3400 people who submitted checklists from at least 75 different locations in 2014. Jeff will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars and a selection of books from Princeton University Press. We asked Jeff to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds below.
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is upon us again! This is a great time to join others and cooperate in a massive effort across the Western Hemisphere to take a snapshot of bird occurrence around the holidays. For three weeks each year (14 December to 5 January) tens of thousands of birders head out to conduct the CBC. These counts are cooperative efforts to get the best count of birds in a single 15-mile diameter circle. They depend upon the efforts of multiple parties of observers each checking different parts of the count circle. Compilers add the efforts of the various teams together and assemble a final count total, which can be compared to totals for the past 114 years to understand changes in bird populations. eBird collects data at a finer scale and from single parties of birders. We invite each group to submit their single-party lists to eBird. Read on for guidance on best practices for submitting your CBC to eBird.
We are pleased to announce that the eBird-based BirdsEye app is now available for Android. BirdsEye is designed to make eBird data more accessible from smartphones. We find that it is especially useful for planning birding trips. It can show a list of birds from eBird for any location on earth, and display maps of recent eBird sightings for any species. BirdsEye syncs with your eBird life or year lists so it can display a list of target birds. It also provides bar charts of seasonal abundance for each location. BirdsEye for Android is available as a free download with optional in-app purchases. The free version provides access to the 50 most common birds for any location on earth, which makes it a great tool for beginning eBirders who want to focus on the birds that they are most likely to see, either at home or on a trip overseas. More advanced birders may choose to unlock larger lists of birds or packages of bird sounds through in-app purchases. A free version of BirdsEye for iOS will be available before Christmas. Download the free version and give it a test drive: iOS App Store or Goggle Play Store.
Birdwatchers in the Pacific Northwest can now enter their bird observations into eBird Northwest (www.ebird.org/nw), a new regional portal of the global eBird program. The new portal connects birdwatchers with “citizen science” opportunities to improve conservation and natural resource management. This tool will support engaged birders and naturalists who actively contribute to regional conservation projects and visit the portal’s website to submit their bird sightings, read regional and national stories about birds, and access useful information for locating and identifying Pacific Northwest birds. Conservation partners – Klamath Bird Observatory, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Pacific Region), and Avian Knowledge Northwest – have worked with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to develop and launch this great tool.
eBird is currently seeking a mobile application developer for the Android platform. This developer will work along with our iOS developer to improve eBird’s capabilities in the mobile environment, as more and more eBird data are collected and accessed on mobile devices. If you have a strong interest in birds, love developing for Android, and want to become part of an amazing team at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, this job is for you. See all the details on how to apply here.
Please join us in congratulating Alexander Skevington of Constance Bay, Ontario, winner of the October 2014 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Alexander’s name was drawn randomly from the more than 4300 people who submitted a stationary count of at least 1 hour duration in October. Alexander will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular and a selection of books from Princeton University Press. We asked Alexander to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds below.
We’re pleased to announce the launch of eBird Targets–a new tool that creates a prioritized list of county, state, 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 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, 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.
In early October, the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science fielded a birding team in Peru with the goal of raising funds to support museum-based research, and the hope of breaking the world big day record (the record for the most bird species seen in a single day). On 14 October, they surpassed the prior big day record of 331 with an astounding 354 bird species! eBird played a key role in this effort, both by providing a resource of scouting information, as well as a home for the data collected by the team in their tremendous effort. Join us in congratulating them, celebrating their research efforts, and supporting their team. Read more about this record-breaking big day below.