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The Endangered Species Act: Making Birds Great Again

Image from original Huffington Post article

When most people think about the Endangered Species Act, they think about wolves, polar bears or salmon.

Less known is the quiet and remarkable work the Act has done to save so many of America’s birds from winging off into extinction.

This week the Center for Biological Diversity released a ground breaking analysis that found 85 percent of continental U.S. birds protected under the Endangered Species Act increased or stabilized their population sizes since being protected. The average population increase was 624 percent.

July eBirder of the Month Challenge

Nashville Warbler (c) Jim Livaudais 2016

This month’s eBirder of the monthchallenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages going birding year-round. For many birders, July is thought of as an ‘off-month’; a time to take a bit of a breather between the delight of May and the excitement of August and September. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is perceived as the doldrums of summer, when breeding birds are at their quietest, and in the midst of the lull between June song and August migration. For many Southern Hemisphere birders, it is the dead of winter—lacking in song and the excitement of the spring that is soon on its way. Due to the lack of regular coverage, July has great potential to uncover novel movements for birds undergoing post-breeding dispersal, or hitherto unknown winter wanderings. All you have to do to find out is get out and see what you can find. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 31 or more complete no-X checklists in July. What better excuse to get out and bird? Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

Celebrate Migratory Bird Centennial with #100BirdWalks

Centennial Logo

Of all the legislated agreements people have made in the interest of wildlife and habitat conservation, perhaps none has been of greater importance for wild birds than the Migratory Bird Treaty – and it is 100 years in action this year! To help celebrate the centennial, the Pacific Region of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has created the #100BirdWalks campaign providing the public with a list of 100 bird walks to take in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. If you are looking for a new spot to go birding this list will help you decide based on season, location and species you will likely see. You can browse this list on the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service website or find more information about these walks on facebook by searching #100BirdWalks and while you’re out on a new walk, remember to submit your checklists on eBird Northwest and tag your photos on social media with #iBirdBecause for all to see!

eBird Northwest Portal on your Mobile App!

iPhone App

At eBird Northwest we aim to reach as many people as possible with regional specific content, one of the main ways we can track usage on eBird Northwest is through submitted checklists. Now with the recent updates to the eBird Android and iOS apps you are able to have your checklists tagged with the eBird Northwest Portal label when they are submitted from your phone! Submitting checklists through a specific portal does not change how the data are filtered, analyzed or displayed, this does however allow us to see that you value and use the site.

June eBirder of the Month Challenge

If you are lucky enough to find a Pileated Woodpecker nest with young, you would select the breeding code NY, the highest level of breeding confirmation. Then go brag to your friends.

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is aimed to improve our knowledge of breeding birds across the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, June is a crucial time in the annual cycle of many birds, as they build nests, hatch chicks, and hopefully fledge young – perpetuating the existence of their species. Although the rest of the world may not be in the throes of summer, there are still many signs of breeding to be found wherever you are! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. These checklists must be entered by the last day of the month in order to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

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 […]