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May eBirder of the Month Challenge.

An Intermediate Egret Copyright eco-vista.com

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding on Global Big Day! May 14th is the second Global Big Day, a global event bringing birders together around the world for a single day of team birding. In last year’s inaugural Global Big Day we noted more than 6,000 species together as a global birding community—can we surpass that this year?! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 5 or more complete no-X checklists on May 14th. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

Introducing eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search!

Grey (Black-bellied) Plover by Ian Davies

We are excited release eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search, a tool for exploring photos and sounds uploaded through eBird, as well as the full collection of bird sounds and video archived in the Macaulay Library through traditional methods. With more than half a million images and thousands of audio files uploaded to eBird over the past five months there is plenty to explore! This initial version of Media Search is focused on providing results for species, date range, and location combinations, while subsequent development will focus on increasing the metadata associated with uploaded media, and building out advanced search capabilities. We hope these tools provide an exciting environment to explore the contributions of others, and also to increase the public visibility of your own efforts. Take the new Media Search tool for a test drive right now!

Have you seen any colour-banded gulls or terns?

A Black-fronted Tern. copyright Nikki McArthur

As the long, hot dry summer gives way to autumn and winter over the next few months, New Zealand eBirders are encouraged to keep an eye out for colour-banded black-billed gulls and black-fronted terns when out birding in their local ‘patch’.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2016!

February 12-15 (Friday through Monday) is the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). To participate, just go birding during this timeframe and make sure to enter your checklists in eBird. The GBBC was one of the first demonstrations that the Internet could be used to collect bird checklists and was instrumental in the creation of eBird back in 2002. For 2016, we really want the GBBC weekend to focus on sharing your knowledge with others. Do you have a friend or family member who has always wanted to go birding with you? Someone you should teach to use eBird? Someone you think you could turn on to birds and share your sense of wonder with? Make the GBBC the weekend where you pick up the phone and invite him or her along.

eBirder of the Month Challenge for February

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This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on the mobile world. As of December 2015, eBird Mobile is available for FREE on both iOS and Android devices.

Make eBird your New Year’s Resolution for 2016!

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eBird began in 2002, 14 years ago. In that time, eBird has grown in leaps and bounds from version 1.0, thanks to efforts of eBirders everywhere. We hear from thousands of people each year who tell us how eBird has changed their birding habits for the better, has taught them about bird occurrence in their area and when traveling, has helped them learn more about birds, and has made their birding more fun. We also hear from many who say that they want to submit to eBird more often or that they “keep meaning to get started” but have yet to “take the plunge.” Together, let’s make 2016 the year without regret! For 2016, make your New Year’s Resolution to use eBird! With the advent of new mobile technology and a continually refined data entry process, eBird is easier to use than ever. Give it a try today, for yourself, for birders everywhere, and for the birds we all care about.

eBirder of the month Challange

Variable Oystercatcher Copyright Eco-vista.com

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get out there in this new year and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the month in 2016, all you have to do is submit an average of one qualifying eBird checklist for each day in January. Our goal is to motivate people to go out at the beginning of the year (perhaps as part of a New Year’s Resolution!) and eBird what you find. The more eyes looking, the merrier. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 31 complete no-X checklists in January. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

eBird is Mobile and Global—Android is here!

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Android users rejoice! eBird Mobile is now available for free in the Google Play store, complementing the iOS version of the app that was released earlier this year. eBird Mobile is a single app that allows you to enter eBird observations from anywhere in the world. eBird Mobile is completely translated into 8 languages, and supports species common names in more than 20 languages. Its offline functionality even allows you to enter sightings in areas with no cell service, or when traveling abroad without Internet access. If you haven’t tried eBird Mobile yet, there is no better time! Both of these apps build off of the groundbreaking BirdLog app, initially developed by David Bell and BirdsInTheHand, LLC in 2012.

Add Audio to Your eBird Checklist!

Bird recordist in action!

How many times have you been out birding, heard a sound, and thought, “I wish I had a recording of that!” Maybe it was a common bird giving an odd vocalization that you’ve never heard before, or a mystery sound that you want to research when you get home. Or perhaps you were in a quiet, pristine setting with a spectacular dawn chorus. With the advent of smartphones and small digital recorders, it’s easier than ever to make recordings of the sounds that you always wanted to record. And, with the new eBird/Macaulay Library media upload tool, it’s now easy to add these sounds to your eBird checklists and at the same time have them permanently archived at the Macaulay Library.

December’s eBirder of the Month

Male stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta) perched on a branch peering at camera, with tail cocked and white eartufts slightly raised. Tiritiri Matangi Island.

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on documenting your eBird sightings using photos and audio. As announced in early November, we are ecstatic to have our Media Upload tool available across eBird—a partnership with the Macaulay Library that now allows you to drag-and-drop your media right into any eBird checklist, archiving it in Macaulay. This new tool has been met with happiness from the eBirding community, and we have been delighted to watch thousands of photos and audio recordings rolling in each day, all thanks to the efforts of eBirders like you. To encourage people to help build this burgeoning media collection, the challenge this month focuses on collecting media as part of your eBirding efforts. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete no-X checklists containing rich media in December. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.