The winter of 2017-18 appears to be an irruption year for snowy owls in Missouri! The birds have been spotted here and there for the past month, mostly in the northern half of Missouri, but as far south as the Golden City area. With much interest in snowy owls swirling around right now, I thought […]
Let 2018 be the year to step up your eBird use. If you have enjoyed tapping into eBird reports from others, set a goal to start contributing your own sightings in 2018. Submit a sighting online or via eBird Mobile to see just how easy it is to join the eBird community. If you have been participating in eBird for a long time, maybe you can add a few more checklists from your home or by submit a few more photos and audio recordings? Have you been meaning to enter some old records that you’d like to have in eBird? Every piece of data has value. New Year’s Resolutions are a way to set fun challenges and personal goals. Read on for some ideas for eBird Resolutions and how to make birding and eBird even more fun in 2018.
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, gives you an excuse to get out there at the start of 2018 and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the Month in 2018, all you have to do is submit one eBird checklist for each day in January.
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 January, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to win free access to our Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology Course. This is a ~$350 value with the included e-book, and we’ll have 5 copies to give away.
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 […]