Pittas. Tragopans. Forktails. Laughingthrushes. If you’re acquainted with Asian birds, those names will evoke a sense of excitement and yearning to travel to India, China, Thailand, Indonesia or any one of the numerous other incredible Asian birding destinations. Regardless of whether those names are familiar, today is a good day for you. We’re pleased to offer a great opportunity for eBirders to learn and appreciate more of Asia’s excellent avifauna, through a special eBirder discount to join the Oriental Bird Club: buy one year’s membership, and get the second free! Just write “eBird” in the “Any requests” section of the order page to get your free year. Join the Oriental Bird Club here. OBC members enjoy exclusive access to two annual publications: Forktail, and BirdingASIA. Forktail is a scientific journal, where BirdingASIA fulfills the role of an excellent twice-annual magazine that features everything from mouth-watering imagery of Asian birds to recent sighting reports and news of conservation efforts throughout the region. The good folks at OBC have kindly included some free samples of BirdingASIA content; check them out below!
The updated and re-designed Birds of North America (BNA) was introduced in September, bringing a fresh look and feel as well as new resources to the classic BNA. The BNA species accounts represent the most authoritative natural history resource for North America’s breeding birds, used by thousands of birders and researchers around the world. With completion of the transition to the new BNA, we are now now working to revise many individual species accounts, which includes a search for new photos, videos and audio selections. At eBird, we continue to encourage our users to contribute high quality rich media for all species, and this is a fantastic chance for your photos to be used as the emblematic image for the species. Your reward? A free 1-year subscription to BNA, and the excitement of having thousands of people viewing your images. Read more to learn which accounts we’re revising first.
Please join us in congratulating Sheryl Johnson of Haverford, Pennsylvania, winner of the September 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our September winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 15 eligible eBird checklists in September that contained Flyover codes. Sheryl’s name was drawn randomly from the 287 eBirders who achieved the September challenge threshold. Sheryl will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for her eBirding efforts. We asked Sheryl to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more.
The Kinglet Calyptura has vanished twice in ornithological history, and hasn’t been seen in 20 years. Are any still alive? If so, what could be done to save one of the rarest birds on earth? An expedition launches this October to find answers. This exciting endeavor is being spearheaded by our partners at the Instituto Butantan, one of the primary collaborators on eBird Brasil. The Kinglet Calyptura expedition is part of a larger effort to search for lost birds initiated by American Bird Conservancy with partners across South America. The expedition members will be eBirding all of their sightings as they search for the calyptura, and you can follow along with their findings by seeing the latest lists from Luciano Lima’s eBird Profile Page. The fun starts on Oct 10—we know we’ll be watching here from eBird HQ!
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, puts the power of easy eBirding in the palm of your hands. As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds with every passing day and month, the birding tools that we can provide continue to improve. One of these such tools is eBird Mobile—a mobile data-entry app for eBird that makes it faster and easier to track your bird sightings than ever before. More than 110,000 people have downloaded eBird Mobile so far, using the app in 26 languages—come join the fun! The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists using eBird Mobile in October. Checklists must be for observations during this month, not historical checklists entered during October. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
For some birders who live inland, the August-October period often brings around a strange yearning: the want for massive, untamed hurricanes. These enormous storms can bring incredibly rare birds; once-in-a-lifetime birding events that can include species that you may normally have to go dozens or hundreds of miles offshore to see. Earlier this month, Arizona realized this hurricane dream, giving some lucky birders a pelagic trip more than 100 miles from the sea, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. We’re excited to share four first-hand accounts of birding in Newton‘s aftermath—including tales of Pterodroma petrels over yards, storm-petrels in highway rest areas, and much more. Even the normally delightful waste treatment plants have been elevated to a new level of fun. Thanks to Brian Gibbons, Laurens Halsey, Lauren Harter, Chris McCreedy, and David Vander Pluym for these tales of birding excitement, great photos, and fantastically documented records. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we do.
A new version of eBird Mobile (1.3) has just been released that lets you note breeding and behavior codes in your mobile checklists—available for free on both iOS and Android. This lets you track breeding bird activity easier than ever before, and also log flyover codes—which could win you a pair of binoculars this month! If you’ve never tried eBird Mobile, there has never been a better time to get started. More than 110,000 eBirders have used eBird Mobile so far, tracking their sightings easier than ever before. Learn how to get started with eBird Mobile. This latest version also provides the technical foundation for future developments that include automatic tracking of distance within the app, sharing of checklists, and many other features that we want and plan to build into eBird Mobile—with every step bringing us closer to having the full eBird website on your mobile device.
You’re in North America, it’s early 2017, and winter is everywhere. Bird song is nothing but a distant memory, and you yearn for warmth. Wouldn’t you rather be in Trinidad and Tobago? If you eBird, you could be—for free! We’re very happy to announce an exciting opportunity for a lucky eBirder and friend: two nights at the Asa Wright Nature Centre; complimentary roundtrip airfares for 2 people on JetBlue from either JFK (New York) or Fort Lauderdale, FL; and tours of the Asa Wright Nature Centre property in Trinidad. Thanks to the Asa Wright Nature Centre, JetBlue, and the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Board for their generous sponsorship. A lucky eBirder will be drawn randomly from among all eligible checklists submitted between Sept 15-Oct 31 2016. More lists, more chances to win. The winner will be notified by November 10.
Please join us in congratulating Michiel Oversteegen of Oranjestad, Aruba, winner of the August 2016 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our August winner was drawn from among eligible checklists that contained 3+ images or 1+ audio files. Michiel’s name was drawn randomly from the 3,383 eBirders who achieved the August challenge threshold, submitting a total of 17,335 eligible checklists. Michiel will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Michiel to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more. He titles his post “eBirding in paradise”—we can’t help but agree!
320,000 eBirders and growing… You’ve looked through eBird checklists and seen their names: kindred birding spirits whose sightings you may have glimpsed only once, or followed regularly over months and years. Now, you can find out who the people are behind these names by exploring eBird’s new Profile Pages! Whether you’re a backyard birder or a globe-trotting world lister, eBird Profile Pages allow you to share your birding story with friends and the entire eBird community. This first version of your public eBird dashboard focuses on showcasing your eBird/Macaulay Library activity with tools that visualize all your sightings and highlight your recent media contributions—all updated with each new eBird contribution. We hope these Profile Pages provide a fun new way to visualize the contributions you’ve made to eBird and the Macaulay Library, inspire you to ‘fill in the gaps’ in your profile maps, and allow you to get to know other eBirders by exploring their Profile Pages. Enjoy meeting the global eBird community, and set up your eBird Profile Page today!