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October eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will keep get you snapping photos and recording bird sounds. Every time you take a photo or hold out a microphone, you’re creating an incredibly powerful piece of data. Media help document records, provide resources for learning and education, and also pave the way for future eBird and birding tools like Merlin Photo ID. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists in September containing at least one rated photo or sound. Checklists must be for observations during this month; not historical checklists entered during September. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

eBird Science: Distribution predictions using eBird data are comparable to those from satellite transmitters

Ever since satellite technology has been small enough to put on a bird, researchers have been using transmitters to ask questions about birds that were previously unanswerable. Although some questions still can’t be answered with anything aside from satellites (e.g., precise paths of migrating birds throughout their entire annual cycle), a paper published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation shows that eBird data can be comparable to satellite data when creating species distribution models. The authors of the open-access paper “Species distribution models for a migratory bird based on citizen science and satellite tracking data” have written a great account of their research on Band-tailed Pigeons (below). Thanks to Chris Coxen, Jennifer Frey, Scott Carleton, and Dan Collins for taking the time to share their work with the eBird community.

Red Crossbills – a call to record calls

There is a good push of Red Crossbills into the northeast right now and we want to encourage everyone to make an effort to record the flight calls of any birds observed. One spiffy way to visualize the recent increase is through eBird’s line graphs, plotting frequency (percentage of total checklists reporting Red Crossbills) over […]

Global Big Day—13 May 2017

It’s that time of year again! We are less than two weeks away from the Global Big Day. Your contributions to the past two Global Big Days have set back-to-back world records for the most bird species seen in a single day. Last year’s Global Big Day featured more than 60% of the world’s bird species in a […]

Introducing the Maine Young Birders Club

Calling young birders for the Maine Young Birders Club! Do you know of young birders or naturalists (ages 11-18) who live in southern Maine? If so, we want to hear from them! Lena Moser and Nathan Hall are launching the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC)—the first of its kind in the state. MYBC will organize bird walks, field […]

Understanding How “stakeout” Hotspots Work

You may have noticed a recent increase in the number of hotspots that are being created for individual rare birds. This is an effort to help collect all sightings of a single rare bird into one location rather than having lots of individual personal locations dotted all over the species maps. These new hotspots are […]

Birding the Cliff House in Cape Neddick

The Cliff House, located in Cape Neddick (York County), is a true destination location. The tall, picturesque cliffs are a major attraction for tourists visiting the resort but have become known as a prime birding location in the off-season. Due to construction at the resort beginning in 2015, access has been limited to birders though […]

GYBOB 2016 Summary

Thank you to everyone who took part in the inaugural GYBOB (Get Your Butt Out Birding)! The weekend had mixed weather, sometimes unfavorable for birding, but many of you still got your butts outside and found some great birds. Here is a summary of the results:

Swainson’s Hawk – Millinocket, Penobscot County – Sep/Oct 2016

On 29 September 2016, Anita Mueller found a juvenile Swainson’s Hawk at the Millinocket Municipal Airport. This stunning vagrant has been frequenting the area around the western side of the airport and is often seen hunting grasshoppers from the ground. 

2015 Maine Birder Bands now available!

The 2015 Maine Birder Band is now available! Maine’s Birder band is instrumental in helping protect birds, conserve habitat and provide access for birders throughout the state. Get yours at the IFW Online Store. For just $20, you get an authentic bird band similar to ones that biologists use to band wild turkeys and Canada geese. […]