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Blue-eyed Ground-Dove rediscovered in Brazil

BECD_Main Image (c) Bessa

A group of researchers, supported by Observatório de Aves – Instituto Butantan (Butantan Bird Observatory) and Sociedade para a Conservação das Aves do Brasi (SAVE Brasil), this weekend announced the rediscovery of one of the rarest bird species in the world. Known as the Blue-eyed Ground-Dove (Columbina cyanopis), it is critically endangered. The last confirmed record was 75 years ago, in 1941.

Birds Without Borders: Continental Bird Conservation


This August marks the 100th anniversary of the first Migratory Bird Treaty www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100. In this Centennial year celebrating our earliest efforts towards international migratory bird protection, our three countries are uniting once again with a “State of North America’s Birds” report– a groundbreaking collaboration to evaluate bird populations in nine key ecosystems across the continent.

Endangered Species Day

Short-tailed Albatross (c) Ryan Shaw 2016

May 20, 2016 is the 11th Annual Endangered Species Day, with events held across the United States and globally in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Peru and other countries, to celebrate successes in protecting endangered, threatened and at-risk species. Started in 2006 by the U.S. Senate,Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s imperiled plants, wildlife and wild places, with an emphasis on success stories of species recovery.

Happy International Bird Day


In 2016, International Migratory Bird Day highlights the importance of international efforts to conserve birds through agreements, laws, treaties, and collaborations. This year also marks the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, a landmark agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to protect our shared migratory birds. The 11 bird species on the poster represent […]

Global Big Day is beginning!

Global Big Day is here!

May 14 is Global Big Day. For many of us across the world, this eagerly-awaited event is tomorrow, but you can start following results from the Eastern Hemisphere even sooner! It is almost 2am in New Zealand as this is written, midnight in Australia is a few minutes away, and those of us at eBird […]

Citizen Science Benefits Bird Conservation

Brown Pelican (c) Jim Livaudais 2016

Across the globe, citizen scientists are informing bird conservation by reporting on their local birds. The information sheds light on species distribution, population trends, and how landscape level changes are affecting bird habitats. Engaging in citizen science also promotes a greater understanding of the role and values of birds in the natural world.

Introducing eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search!

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!

May eBirder of the Month Challenge

Scarlet Tanager by Brian Sullivan/Macaulay Library

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.

Global Big Day—get involved

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Mark your calendars—six weeks from this Saturday, 14 May, is Global Big Day! For those of us living in more northern climes, the mid-May height of spring still seems a ways off, with tantalizing early migrants just starting to hint at things to come. Our goal with this article is to help with your local Global Big Day preparations—ensuring that you’ll be able to get the most out of eBird and the GBD in your local area and community. After reading this, you should know how to find birds around you using eBird, how to get your friends and fellow birders excited about participating, and how to make sure that eBird is being as helpful as possible for you.

April eBirder of the Month Challenge


This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on fine-scale reporting and helps promote good eBird location selection habits. Almost everything in eBird depends on choosing your location correctly and precisely. Whether online or with eBird Mobile, having an accurate location associated with the birds you see makes your checklists accurate and thorough, helps you and others refind birds you report, and most importantly, gives scientists and conservationists the best possible data—allowing for everything from local analyses to global models. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more complete no-X checklists in April as stationary counts or traveling counts of two kilometers (1.25 miles) or less and five hours or less. This means a total of 15 lists is required as a minimum; if you think in miles, just shoot for one mile or less. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.