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The Cornell Lab Young Birders Event 2018

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is excited to host The Cornell Lab Young Birders Event, which will be held July 12-15, 2018 in Ithaca, New York. The Young Birders Event aims to bring together teenagers with a passion for birds and interested in pursing a career in the field. You’ll meet people who have successful careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and computer scientists. High school-aged young birders (students entering grades 9-12 in the fall) are invited to fill out our application form and return it for review by March 15th 2018. Sixteen young birders will be selected and notified in early April. Preference is given to students entering 12th grade and students who have previously applied. Check out an amazing report from one of 2017’s participants, Max Hellicar.

Annual eBird update brings GBIF to almost one billion records

eBird’s annual update to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) added more than 85 million records, bringing the total number of records available across GBIF to the cusp of one billion records. eBird is the largest dataset in GBIF, and the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project. Most importantly, this GBIF update gives attribution to the country of origin of the data—providing due credit to our collaborators across the world that make eBird grow and thrive.  Providing eBird data access through GBIF ensures that more people have free access to eBird records: there have been 50,000 direct downloads of eBird data through GBIF to date. As always, you can also download eBird data directly from eBird.org. Read more and see more growth stats here.

K. Selvaganesh, December eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating K. Selvaganesh of Saravanampatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, winner of the December 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our December winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 15 eligible checklists in December with tracks from eBird Mobile. Selvaganesh’s name was drawn randomly from the 1,443 eligible eBirders who achieved the December challenge threshold. Selvaganesh will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. Read more to see Selvaganesh’s full story!

New Year’s Resolution 2018: eBird

Let 2018 be the year to step up your eBird use. If you have enjoyed tapping into eBird reports from others, set a goal to start contributing your own sightings in 2018. Submit a sighting online or via eBird Mobile to see just how easy it is to join the eBird community. If you have been participating in eBird for a long time, maybe you can add a few more checklists from your home  or by submit a few more photos and audio recordings? Have you been meaning to  enter some old records that you’d like to have in eBird? Every piece of data has value. New Year’s Resolutions are a way to set fun challenges and personal goals. Read on for some ideas for eBird Resolutions and how to make birding and eBird even more fun in 2018.

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, gives you an excuse to get out there at the start of 2018 and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the Month in 2018, all you have to do is submit one eBird checklist for each day in January.

2018 Checklist-a-day Challenge

In 2017, eBird received more than 4.75 million complete checklists from your birding efforts. eBird thrives on the enthusiasm and engagement of tens of thousands of loyal participants worldwide who reliably enter their birding forays in eBird. Our most dedicated eBirders go a step beyond, putting in checklists from short yard counts, lunchtime walks, or a quick stop to scan their favorite local patch. Our challenge to you in 2018 is to see if you can submit an average of at least one checklist a day—for the entire year. At the end of the year a winner will be chosen from among those who submitted at least 365 eligible checklists in 2018. Read more below.

Win a free Cornell Lab Ornithology Course

We’re excited to partner with the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy to offer a suite of exciting educational resources in thanks for your eBirding: in January, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to win free access to our Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology Course. This is a ~$350 value with the included e-book, and we’ll have 5 copies to give away.

eBird 2017–Year in review

This month closes out eBird’s 15th year. In just a decade-and-a-half, your contributions have made eBird one of the largest community-driven biodiversity projects in the world. More than 360,000 eBirders have submitted 472 million bird sightings, representing 10,364 species across every country in the world. This year alone, you helped gather a total of more than 100 million observations. We are constantly inspired by the power and passion of this world of interconnected birders, and we are excited as we look to the future of what we can achieve. Don’t forget: these are all your achievements. It is your information that powers the eBird engine. Every time you go out and keep a list of birds, you’re making a real contribution to our understanding of the world’s ever-changing avian biodiversity. Thank you.

Alex Mesquita, November eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Alex Mesquita of Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil, winner of the November 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our November winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted 3 or more eligible checklists in a single day. Alex’s name was drawn randomly from the 8,995 eligible eBirders who achieved the November challenge threshold. Alex will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. Read more to see Alex’s full story!

eBirding your Christmas Bird Count

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 Audubon 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 117 years to understand changes in bird populations. eBird collects data at a finer scale and from single parties of birders, and eBird Mobile makes it easy to keep your tallies through the day. We invite each group to submit their single-party lists to eBird. For more guidance on best practices for submitting your CBC to eBird, click on this story.