In appreciation for all those who have participated in eBird, we are pleased to continue to offer special discounted subscription pricing to the acclaimed and continually updated bird life history resource: Birds of North America. This comprehensive resource includes information on distribution, breeding, migration, habitats, and behavior for over 750 different species of birds that breed in Canada and the United States. All species accounts include photos, videos and audio selections from the Macaulay Library (the world’s largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity photo, audio and video recordings). For both new and renewing eBird subscribers, BNA is now available at the following discounted rates: $25 USD for a 1 year subscription, $50 USD for a 2 year subscription and $75 USD for a three year subscription.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!