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Dark Ibises Identification

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.

New Year’s Resolution 2017: more eBirding!

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.

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, give you an excuse to get out there at the start of 2017 and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the Month in 2017, all you have to do one eBird checklist for each day in January. The more eyes looking, the merrier. This is a perfect way to wrap winning free binoculars into a New Year’s Resolution! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 31 eligible checklists in January. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

2017 Checklist-a-day Challenge

In 2016, eBird received more than 3.75 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 loyal 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 2017 is to see if you can submit at least one checklist a day—for the entire year. At the end of the year we will draw three winners from among those who submitted at least 365 eligible checklists in 2017. Read more below.

eBird 2016 — Year in review

2017 will mark the 15 year anniversary of eBird. In just a decade-and-a-half, the bird checklists that you have shared have helped make eBird the largest citizen science biodiversity project in the world. More than 1/3 million eBirders have submitted 370 million bird sightings, representing 10,312 species from every country in the world. We are continually humbled by the amazing power and passion of the birding community, and have nothing but excitement as we look to the future of what we can do together. As we compile this list of eBird’s achievements in 2016, we are reminded that these are all truly your achievements. It is your contributions that power this knowledge engine. Every time you go out and keep a list of birds you see, you’re making a real contribution to our understanding of the world’s ever-changing avian biodiversity.

Dark Ibis Identification

Dark Ibis Identification: 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. In adult breeding (alternate) […]

Birding Focus Areas for this Fall/Winter

  Fall is just around the corner.  Migration has already started with a number of shorebirds being seen across the state. Birding anywhere in Missouri, especially the state parks and conservation areas, is helpful. However, below are a list of areas of special focus over this coming fall and winter. Be sure to submit a complete […]

Birding with Impact

Birding is fun.  There is no doubt about it.  Keeping a life list, state list or county list helps you stay motivated.  However, you can take your birding to the next level and make a real impact for birds! How?  Select an under-birder hotspot in your area.  It may be a State Park or Conservation […]

Help Getting Started with eBird

Using eBird is easy once you get started.  Here are some helpful links explaining how  you can get started using eBird. How do I enter sightings in eBird Getting started with eBird Mobile for your Smart Phone Understanding eBird Bar Charts How to find a new place to bird by exploring Hotspots How to make your checklists […]

Important Message for CACHE/SPARKS users now in eBird

CACHE/SPARKS  (C/S) checklists in eBird that did not have an observer name(s) have been linked to their original observer. You may not notice these C/S checklists as they appear in your eBird list of checklists, usually in the date and year that they occurred. Each checklist will have the name “CACHE/SPARKS, your name” in the observer location at the top area […]