A couple years ago, we released eBird Targets. Honestly, it’s one of our team’s favorite features in eBird. It’s not so focused on chasing the latest rarity (also fun) but giving you a list of birds to look for that would be new for you. Wherever you are in the world, pick a region of interest (county, state, province, or country), choose whether you want lifers or year birds and voilá—eBird magic. Now we’ve added a bit more magic: month and day targets. “Month targets” are probably intuitive—these are birds that have been reported in that region and specified date range that you haven’t seen during that month. “Day targets” are the same, but for one day. Have you ever been curious what your lifetime July 23rd list was, and what species you might be most likely to add? Okay, well, you probably haven’t, but you can’t deny that you’re wondering what it is now! How about February 29? Next Leap Year just got a lot more interesting… For those of you that are shaking your head, read on and see why day and month targets are both fun and informative, and give Targets a try!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellowships are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than a dozen concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines. Please also check our Jobs at eBird for additional openings at the Cornell Lab.
Please join us in congratulating Karen Marshall of Prince George, British Columbia, winner of the June 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our June winner was drawn from among those who submitted at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. Karen’s name was drawn randomly from the 794 eBirders who achieved the June challenge threshold. Karen will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for her eBirding efforts. We asked Karen to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more!
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages going birding year-round. For many birders, July is thought of as an ‘off-month’; a time to take a bit of a breather between the delight of May and the excitement of August and September. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is perceived as the doldrums of summer, when breeding birds are at their quietest, and in the midst of the lull between June song and August migration. For many Southern Hemisphere birders, it is the dead of winter—lacking in song and the excitement of the spring that is soon on its way. Due to the lack of regular coverage, July has great potential to uncover novel movements for birds undergoing post-breeding dispersal, or hitherto unknown winter wanderings. All you have to do to find out is get out and see what you can find. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 31 or more complete no-X checklists in July. What better excuse to get out and bird? Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
Please join us in congratulating Brian Henderson of Norristown, PA, winner of the May 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our May winner was drawn from among those who submitted 5 or more complete no-X checklists on May 14th—the Global Big Day. Brian’s name was drawn randomly from the 2,842 eBirders who achieved the May challenge threshold. Brian will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Brian to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more!
Please join us in congratulating Juliet Berger of Ann Arbor, MI, winner of the April 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our April winner was drawn from among those who submitted submit 15 or more complete no-X checklists in April as stationary counts or traveling counts of two kilometers (1.25 miles) or less and five hours or less. Juliet’s name was drawn randomly from the 2,675 eBirders who achieved the April challenge threshold. Juliet will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular for her eBirding efforts. We asked Juliet to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more!
This past weekend, on June 17, eBird crossed a big milestone: a third of a billion bird sightings—contributed by 316,586 eBirders across every country in the world. Record #333,333,333 was added by Mike Madsen: an everyday sighting of a Song Sparrow in DuPage County, Illinois. See the checklist here, complete with excellent breeding codes! This milestone is much more than a number: it is a real testament to what is possible when we work together as a global birding community. The birds that you see and report make a genuine difference in our shared global understanding of bird populations and abundance. By providing an outlet for people’s avian interests, those of us at eBird and the Cornell Lab strive to provide a place to encourage and support those who share our passion for birds and the natural world. Everything that we do is powered by the loyal eBird community: anyone who has ever entered an eBird checklist has made a valuable contribution. Thank you. eBirders entered 11.8 million bird sightings in May 2016, more than in the first five years of eBird’s existence. If you haven’t yet entered records in eBird, here’s how you can join the fun! May was our first month over 10 million observations—check out the chart below for more details!
More than 350 migratory bird species in North America are truly trinational, splitting time in Canada, the U.S.A, and Mexico over the course of a calendar year. Birds connect the three countries of North America. And according to the recently released State of North America’s Birds 2016 report, those three countries—their governments, and their societies—need to step up and do more to preserve our continent’s spectacular and shared natural heritage of birdlife. This report is the first-ever scientific conservation assessment of all 1,154 bird species in North America, and it was only possible because of the tremendous scale and big-data capabilities of citizen-science. Tens of thousands of Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans—from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, and the tundra to the Yucatan—contributed data that was analyzed by scientists from all three countries. eBird was one of the data sources; read on to see new data visualizations and exciting maps made from your eBird sightings.
We are excited to announce the release of eBird Missouri. Since 2004, the Missouri Department of Conservation and The Audubon Society of Missouri have worked together to manage their Missouri-born, online, data-entry site named CACHE/SPARKS. Over the last 12 years all data from CACHE/SPARKS have been transferred to eBird several times a year. CACHE/SPARKS is now merging with eBird and we are excited to work with the Missouri Department of Conservation and The Audubon Society of Missouri to continue to provide these resources and information to the local birding communities. Next time you head to Missouri, take a look at eBird Missouri to read about the latest news from the Show-Me-State!
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is aimed to improve our knowledge of breeding birds across the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, June is a crucial time in the annual cycle of many birds, as they build nests, hatch chicks, and hopefully fledge young – perpetuating the existence of their species. Although the rest of the world may not be in the throes of summer, there are still many signs of breeding to be found wherever you are! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. These checklists must be entered by the last day of the month in order to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.