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Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz 2017

The Kirtland’s Warbler is one of rarest and most endangered warblers in the world and has always had a shroud of mystery. It was first discovered (rather late for a North American species) in 1851, the first nest was not found until 1903, and the overwintering habitat in the Bahamas were not well known until recent years. Twice a year, Kirtland’s move through the heavily-settled eastern United States to and from their breeding grounds, but even along its regular path only a lucky handful of birders have seen the species. Very little is known of the species’ stopover ecology and habitat use in migration, but we hope to help that last mystery be solved. In 2017, we are asking eBirders in three states–Florida, Georgia, and Ohio–to help by participating in our 2017 Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz.

Bird Academy giveaway: How to Identify Bird Songs

Build your confidence in birding by ear with the self-paced course designed to help you remember the songs and calls that surround you. 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 April, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to get free access to Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs.

April eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, helps make eBird easier than ever. As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds with every passing month and year, the birding tools that we can provide improve apace. The perfect example 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 150,000 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 April. Checklists must be for observations during this month, not historical checklists entered during April. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

eBird data support conservation actions

Every observation you submit to eBird is valuable, and with roughly 400 million records gathered so far, eBird has grown into one of the premier information sources on bird occurrence and abundance around the world. Importantly, eBird data are curated, managed, and made freely available for education, research, and conservation use, and tens of thousands of people download eBird data each year. But how are these data actually being used out there in the real world? A recently published paper in the journal Biological Conservation examines this question, and highlights how eBird data are being used in a broad array of conservation applications around the world. The effort you put into collecting data on birds is truly making a difference! Thank you. Read on to find out more, or jump straight to the article here.

A World of Sound—Juan Pablo Culasso

Livestream the Cornell Lab’s Monday Night Seminar on Monday, April 3 at 7:30PM EDT, where Juan Pablo Culasso will be sharing his inspiring story about ornithology and audio recording as a blind birdwatcher: A World of Sound. Juan Pablo is from Uruguay, and travels throughout the world, continually proving that you don’t need sight to truly see. He was born blind and as a child learned to identify birds by their voices. As an adult, his career is recording the sounds of nature. Last year, he had the opportunity, as a guest of the Uruguayan government, to travel to Antarctica to learn the landscape of the world’s last wilderness through its sounds. If you’re ready to get excited about bird song for the upcoming spring, this is what you’re looking for. Learn more and stream live here.

Bird Academy giveaway: Warbler ID

Do you enjoy watching spring warblers in the Americas, but could use some tips and tricks for identification? We can help! 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 March, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to get free access to Be a Better Birder: Warbler Identification Live Series.

Introducing community rating for photos and sounds!

With more than 2.5 million images already in the Macaulay Library/eBird media collection, and thousands more added every day, it’s important to be able to find what you’re looking for. To that end, we’ve recently enabled the capability for any logged-in eBird user to rate the quality of any piece of media in the collection. These combined ratings will allow us to bring the best images, sounds, and videos forward in the collection, and showcase your contributions to others in a new and better way. Using the ‘Search Photos and Sounds‘ tool in eBird or on the Macaulay Library, eBirders can now page through hundreds of images from around the world, and give each one a rating. The more ratings each image receives, the more useful its overall rank in the collection becomes.

Chloe Marshall, February eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Chloe Marshall of Castro, Chile, winner of the February 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our February winner was drawn from eBirders who were a part of a shared eligible eBird checklist in February. Chloe’s name was drawn randomly from the 104,128 eligible checklists submitted by 11,881 eBirders who achieved the February challenge threshold. Chloe will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for her eBirding efforts. We asked Chloe to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more.

Jason Kimm, January eBirder of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Jason Kimm of Duncan, British Columbia, winner of the January 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our January winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 31 eligible eBird checklists in January. Jason’s name was drawn randomly from the 4,226 eBirders who achieved the January challenge threshold. Jason will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Jason to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more.

Dan Rottino, 2016 eBirder of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Dan Rottino of East Haddam, Connecticut, winner of the 2016 eBirder of the Year challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our 2016 winner was drawn randomly from eBirders who met all 12 eBirder of the Month challenges in 2016. More than 13,500 eBirders qualified for at least one of the 12 challenges, and 1,567 qualified for half of them. Dan will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Dan to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more.