About eBird

Affiliates and Sponsors

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A nonprofit membership institution that interprets and conserves the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Founded in 1915 by pioneering ornithologist Dr. Arthur A. Allen, the Lab continues to build on “Doc” Allen’s recognition of the significant contribution that bird watchers can make to ornithology by providing unique opportunities for birders to participate in hands-on science and conservation efforts.


Dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our growing network of community-based Audubon Centers, grass roots science programs for bird enthusiasts, and advocacy on behalf of ecosystems sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

National Science Foundation

The NSF initiates and supports scientific research and programs to strengthen scientific research potential, and also supports education programs at all levels. The material on this web site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0087760. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ANCON) is an NGO dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity in Panama.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The mission of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, prescribed by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Alaska, is to manage, protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of Alaska. The complementary mission of the Division of Wildlife Conservation is to conserve and enhance Alaska?s wildlife and habitats and provide for a wide range of public uses and in recognition that wildlife as a public trust belongs to all Alaskans.

Audubon Alaska

The mission of Audubon Alaska is to conserve Alaska’s natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Audubon California

The mission of Audubon California is to conserve and restore the state’s natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. While we are driven by the protection of birds and conservation of their habitats, we are dedicated to a broad conservation vision for California that helps ensure its natural diversity is stronger than ever in the coming century. Audubon has a 100-year history of connecting people with nature–through education programs, fieldtrips, local nature center experiences and chapter-led activities–helping to build a strong constituency for conservation.

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Bird Studies Canada

BSC is recognized nation-wide as a leading and respected not-for-profit conservation organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm and support of its members, volunteers, staff and the interested public.

Birds Caribbean

BirdsCaribbean, formerly The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB), is a nonprofit membership organization working to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats through research, education, conservation action and capacity building. Founded in 1988, BirdsCaribbean is the largest single bird conservation organization in the Greater Caribbean region, including Bermuda, the Bahamas and all islands within the Caribbean basin.

The overarching goal of BirdsCaribbean is to increase the capacity of Caribbean ornithologists, resource managers, conservation organizations, institutions, and local citizens to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats. We aim to achieve this by 1) developing regional conservation projects, activities, and materials that facilitate local research, management, conservation, education and outreach, and 2) Building networks and partnerships with local, national and international organizations and institutions that share our bird conservation goals.
BirdsCaribbean holds a week-long biennial meeting, has a number of active Working Groups and publishes The Journal of Caribbean Ornithology and two bi-annual newsletters. With assistance from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, BirdsCaribbean also sponsors the publication of local bird field guides. The society works to raise public awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the value of the region’s many endemic bird species and their habitats through two flagship programs: the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) and the West Indian Whistling-Duck (WIWD) and Wetlands Conservation Project. BirdsCaribbean also raises awareness about migratory birds through celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. To learn more, visit www.birdscaribbean.org.

Bird Conservation Network

BCN is a coalition organization whose current members are 19 bird clubs, Audubon groups, ornithological societies and other conservation organizations located primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area. The members of our member groups aggregate in excess of 40,000 people. BCN’s mission is the conservation of birds and the habitats they need to survive. There is no full time staff; BCN’s board is made up of volunteer representatives from the member groups who carry out the needed work.

Canopy Tower

The Canopy Tower is a well known birding lodge in Panama’s Soberania National Park owned by Raúl Arias de Para. Raúl and his staff at the Canopy Tower were instrumental in the initial stages of developing Panama eBird. The Canopy Tower has provided both food and lodging for a team at their lodge for the Panama Audubon Society Ocean to Ocean Raptor Count.

Costa Rican Ornithologist’s Union

The Costa Rican Ornithologist’s Union is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization composed of both professional ornithologists and dedicated amateurs, and was formed in early 2006. Its mission is to promote biodiversity conservation with an emphasis on birds and their habitats. The UNOR-CR coordinates the Important Bird Areas conservation initiative in Costa Rica and is also active in investigation, education, training and additional conservation efforts through its own programs and in collaboration with other institutions.


An Inter-Ministerial Commission mainly dedicated to: conform and keep updated the National System of Biodiversity Information (SNIB); support projects and studies focused on the knowledge and sustainable use of biodiversity; advise governmental institutions and other sectors; undertake special projects; share the knowledge of biological diversity; follow up of international agreements related to biodiversity, and provide services to the public.


FERMATA promotes the considered use of nature, culture, and history to move people to places, masses to messages, and markets to merchandise.

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is an independent, membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is the study and conservation of birds and their habitat around the Gulf of Mexico. The Observatory especially values partnerships with individuals and other organizations, both public and private, to conduct research and facilitate habitat conservation in areas critical for neotropical migrants. GCBO is active in citizen science projects, and is the focal point in a Network of Site Partners ranging from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Hawk Mountain

Located along the Appalachian Flyway in southeastern Pennsylvania, scenic Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers visitors an outstanding experience in nature observation with its mountaintop vistas and thrilling migration of nearly 20,000 hawks, eagles and falcons.

International Migratory Bird Day

Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), is a non-profit organization working to increase awareness of birds and their conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. We provide the framework and education materials for bird festivals and events, host a directory of bird education resources, offer bird workshops for educators, and motivate people of all ages to get outdoors to learn about birds.

Klamath Bird Observatory

The Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Conducting scientific studies to monitor and inventory bird populations, KBO contributes to Partners in Flight?s efforts to keep common birds common. KBO reaches out to local communities and schools through classroom and field visits, camps, bird walks and talks, visits to ecological monitoring stations, and community events. KBO expands the effectiveness and scope of its science and education programs through collaboration with an array of partners.

Louisiana Bird Resource Center

The Louisiana Bird Resource Center is a component of the Louisiana Museum of Natural Science. The goal of the center is to facilitate a better understanding of Louisiana birdlife through the gathering and dissemination of information on the distribution and ecology of Louisiana birds.

Manomet Center for Conservation Science

A nonprofit membership organization based in coastal Massachusetts. Its mission is to conserve natural resources for the benefit of wildlife and human populations. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems.

Mass Audubon

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is the largest conservation organization in New England, concentrating its efforts on protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon protects more than 30,000 acres of conservation land, conducts educational programs for 250,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Established in 1896 and supported by 65,000 member households, Mass Audubon maintains 43 wildlife sanctuaries that are open to the public and serve as the base for its conservation, education, and advocacy work across the state.

The Ornithological Association of Costa Rica

The Ornithological Association of Costa Rica has as its principal objective to contribute to the study, investigation and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, helping to orient official and private policies in this field. It is also a priority of the AOCR to collaborate in promoting knowledge about the more than 850 species of birds found in Costa Rica.

Panama Audubon Society

The Panama Audubon Society (PAS) has been promoting the appreciation and understanding of birds in Panama for more than 35 years. In the past few years as the country partner of Birdlife International, it has been very active nationally and internationally in the conservation of both migratory and local species. The PAS provided all of the taxonomic information used to set up eBird Panama from its recently published Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Panama by George Angehr. Many of the hotspots came from the PAS book Where to Find Birds in Panama by George Angehr and Dodge and Lorna Engleman. Karl Kaufmann, PAS Scientific Chair, compiled the information for the site from these sources.

PRBO Conservation Science

The mission of PRBO Conservation Science (founded as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965) is dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific researchand outreach.

Organization for Tropical Studies

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a not-for-profit consortium of more than sixty universities and scientific institutions in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, and South Africa.  OTS was founded in 1963 to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics.  The three field stations owned by OTS in Costa Rica are situated in three dramatically different habitats, each with its distinctive flora and fauna.  Every year thousands of researchers, students, and natural history visitors contribute to the ever-expanding base of knowledge of these critical tropical ecosystems.

New Jersey Audubon Society

The New Jersey Audubon Society is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, New Jersey Audubon has no connection with the National Audubon Society.

New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s citizens; protects New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats.

Redwood Region Audubon Society

The Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) is the National Audubon Society’s Eureka, California chapter. Our objective is to appreciate, protect, restore and preserve our natural ecosystem through education, conservation action, and citizen science. On-going programs, open to the public, include weekly field trips, monthly presentations, and annual events such as our native garden tour and Christmas Bird Counts. RRAS hosts the Arcata Bird Box (707-822-LOON) and the Godwit Days spring migration festival. Publications include the Field Checklist of Northwest California Birds, Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Humboldt County and our monthly newsletter, The Sandpiper.

Redwood Sciences Laboratory

The Redwood Sciences Laboratory (RSL) in Arcata, California, is a field research facility of the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. Bird monitoring research has been an ongoing effort since wildlife research began at the laboratory in 1982. In the last 25 years, more than two million censuses, captures, and field evaluations of birds and their habitats have been conducted, primarily in northern California and southern Oregon in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. RSL has also been a leader in research on Marbled Murrelets in both offshore foraging and onshore nesting habitats.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Established in 1971, Rogue Valley Audubon Society (RVAS) is in an accredited chapter of the National Audubon Society. With over 550 members RVAS is one of the largest environmental organizations in the region. RVAS serves as a voice for education and conservation in the natural world. The chapter’s activities include 10 members’ meetings and over 20 regional birding field trips each year, as well as numerous natural history presentations in area schools. Information on Rogue Valley Audubon?s activities, and its monthly newsletter, The Chat, can be found on the chapter?s website.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Fund

Recognizing the importance of conserving migratory birds, the Congress of the United States passed the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Act, or NMBCA) in 2000. The Act establishes a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean that promote the long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats. The goals of the Act include perpetuating healthy populations of these birds, providing financial resources for bird conservation initiatives, and fostering international cooperation for such initiatives.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from an international Advisory Group, manages a grants program to implement the terms of this legislation.

Sociedad Ornitologia de Hispaniola

To conserve Hispaniolan birds and their habitats through research, community education, and professional training.

Societe Audubon Haiti

Tropical Science Center

The Tropical Science Center (TSC) is a private, non-profit, Costa Rican organization established in 1962. The mission of the TSC is the acquisition and application of knowledge which concerns the relationship between humankind, biological resources and the physical environment. This philosophy is applied through scientific research, direct community action, ownership and management of protected areas, education, and consulting services at a national and international level.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserves, protects, and enhances fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. With the National Audubon Society and RARE, they have supported PAS in developing an environmental educational campaign to promote pride in the wetlands of the Bay of Panama.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Wildlife Without Borders-Latin American and Caribbean Program

In 1983, the service established the Wildlife Without Borders-Latin America and the Caribbean program to implement the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere, and to provide expertise in wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the region. Recognizing the continuing acute shortage of training opportunities for career professionals in wildlife conservation and protected area management in the region. WWB-LAC continues to support capacity-building initiatives in ways that draw upon the experience, knowledge and expertise of current and past grantees, with a priority focus on protected areas and their buffer zones in ecosystems of global significance.

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

We are an innovative, independent research group dedicated to the understanding and conservation of birds and other wildlife.  We bring 20 years of experience to our core mission of promoting conservation practices to benefit biodiversity.  With a reach extending from northern New England through the Caribbean to South America, our work in wildlife research and population monitoring unites people and science for conservation.

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology was organized in 1939 to encourage the study of Wisconsin birds. The aims have since expanded to emphasize all of the many enjoyable aspects of birding and to support the research and habitat protection necessary to preserve Wisconsin birdlife. WSO strives to alert members and the public to situations and practices that threaten Wisconsin’s bird populations.

University of the Virgin Islands

The University of the Virgin Islands is a co-ed, publicly-funded land-grant institution located in the United States Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory about 1,100 miles southeast of Miami and 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. UVI was founded as the College of the Virgin Islands in 1962 and its liberal arts curriculum is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1986, it became one of the 117 U.S. historically black colleges and universities. The institution also changed its name in 1986 — to the University of the Virgin Islands — to reflect the growth and diversification of its academic curricula, research programs and regional community services. UVI is committed to advancing scholarship, fostering human development and promoting democratic values. Its primary mission is to provide intellectual and educational leaders and leadership — and to improve the quality of life — in the territory, Eastern Caribbean region and beyond.

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is a cooperative partnership of over 150 different agencies, conservation groups, businesses, etc. designed to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation emphasizing voluntary stewardship.

World Birding Center

The World Birding Center (WBC) is a network of nine sites dotted along 120 miles of river road from South Padre Island west to Roma, with habitats ranging from dry chaparral brush and verdant riverside thickets to freshwater marshes and coastal wetlands. Over 10,000 acres will be open to the public, many for the first time, and all prime for viewing. The mission of the WBC is to protect native habitat while increasing the understanding and appreciation of the birds and wildlife. Our project is a global model for conservation and ecotourism development.

ZEISS Sports Optics

Swarovski Optik


Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation


Maine Dept. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

The purpose of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is to preserve, develop and expand the Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, habitat and educational center for threatened, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, both resident and migratory, of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin; and to serve as a center for the study of and research into such flora and fauna so as to encourage the conservation and promote the benefits of native plants and wildlife.