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.
Everytime we go birding and submit an eBird checklist, we take a tiny snapshot of bird occurrence in space and time. eBird’s grand vision is to piece all these tiny snapshots together as a global tapestry of bird occurrence. This shared effort to illustrate bird occurrence begins to reveal the complex relationships of our birds to the environment and, as the seasons change, how birds flow around the planet in cycles of dispersal and migration. With this in mind, we are thrilled to share our 2017 STEM models, which are the product of several years of refinements and improvements over the classic eBird Occurrence Maps. STEM (Spatio-Temporal Exploratory Model) is a species distribution model that has been specifically developed for eBird data by statisticians and researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It’s all using sightings that you contributed! We take the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combine with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and include the last date when a species was seen in that place. The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information. Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists! To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot. At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”. Here’s an example.
Directions: From I-70 in Columbia, take the Stadium Blvd. Exit (124) south 1 mile to a right onto Broadway. Go 0.4 mile to the first traffic light, turn left onto Fairview Road and go 1 mile to a right on Bray Avenue, then 0.4 mile to a right onto Cunningham Road for a short block straight into the area parking lot.
ADA Information: Leading from the parking lot on the south side of the property is the 8-foot wide concrete Scott’s Branch Trail. Going west from the lot, it runs past the prairie, a wooded area, and leads down to a boardwalk overlooking Scott’s Branch Creek (about 0.25 miles). Other natural surface trails are more narrow and traverse the area hills. There are 11 benches on the natural trails.
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.
Featured Image Caption: rufa Red Knot by Tom Johnson/Macaulay Library 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 […]
The 6,017-acre Lamine River Conservation Area in Cooper and Morgan counties offers a landscape of bottomland forests on a meandering river floodplain surrounded by rolling uplands, and bordered by steep bluffs. There is a mix of crop fields, old fields, small wetlands as well as woodland patches in the upland areas. The old fields and […]
Tower Grove Park is one of the jewels of the St. Louis park system. It is not only a National Historic Monument, but also an unequaled birding destination, especially for spring and fall migrants. Outdoor writer and photographer Danny Brown chronicles a year in the life of the park in the March 2017 issue of […]
Identification of the two dark ibises (genus Plegadis) can range from easy to impossible, depending on their plumage stage. In most parts of Missouri, White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) is more regular and numerous than Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), but they cannot be firmly identified on the basis of probability.
The New Year is a time for fresh beginnings. As you think about your personal goals for 2017, consider stepping up your eBird use. If you visit eBird primarily to learn about sightings from others, then make 2017 the year you start contributing your own sightings. You’ll be glad that you do, because each time you enter data into eBird, its tools get better and more informative for you personally! If you are already an active eBirder, then set a new personal 2017 eBirding goal. Can you use eBird to help you find 10 new birds in 2017? What year list will you focus on? Can you visit your favorite birding spot every week of the year? Are you ready to try the 2017 eBird Checklist-a-Day” challenge? Read more for some ideas for eBird Resolutions and how to make birding and eBird even more fun in 2017.