Klamath Bird Observatory, in partnership with The Selberg Institute, is launching a new citizen science project in southern Oregon. We are looking for volunteers who enjoy birding and being outdoors. All are welcome, those up for a leisurely stroll through oak meadows or those looking for an adventurous off-trail hike, either way this project offers something for every birder. The project will take place on a large parcel of private property just outside of Ashland, OR along Sampson Creek. This property is in the foothills of the Cascades mountains and holds a variety of oak habitats as well as coniferous forests and riparian woodlands. This is a terrific spot for birding and will give the public a unique opportunity to visit and bird in diverse habitats managed for conservation.
Do you enjoy watching spring warblers in the Americas, but could use some tips and tricks for identification? We can help! 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 March, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to get free access to Be a Better Birder: Warbler Identification Live Series.
Research from University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland have shown that living in areas with birds, shrubs and trees people suffer less from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The study showed lower levels of depression and anxiety was associated with the number of birds people saw in the afternoon throughout a variety of socio-demographic factors. Read the full press release here or for more information read the recent BioScience paper Doses of Neighborhood Nature: The Benefits for Mental Health of Living with Nature here.
This month’s eBirder of the Month Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on getting photos and audio recordings of birds. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have an expensive camera setup to take part—even a quick snap or recording from your smartphone can make a difference! The eBirder of the Month will be chosen from all eligible checklists submitted during March with 1+ photo or audio recording. Each eligible checklist that you’ve added media to gives you one chance to win. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
This was a fall to remember for observing Red Phalaropes in our region, and was the most comprehensively described because of eBird. They were easily observed from many coastal locations for two months, and numerous birds were found inland. The eBird data tell a tale of record numbers and levels of phalaropes in many areas.
Red Phalaropes are well known as a storm-driven migrant on the Pacific coast, often associated with late fall or early winter storms with west or southwest winds (Marshall et al 2003), particularly “Pineapple Express” storms that originate well south of our region. Paulson (1993) lists several wrecks and unusual onshore abundances, particularly after an 18 Jan 1986 storm. Wahl et al (2005) cite unusual abundances in the winter of 1995-96, south to Olympia and inland to the Portland area; the winter of 1985-86, and Dec 2002. The most recent major wreck occurred in late Dec 2005 to early Jan 2006 over a two week period that included 641 birds tallied on the Grays Harbor CBC on 2 Jan 2016 and inland birds reported from Island, King, Kitsap, Thurston and Lewis Counties. The eBird abundance graph for all years for Bird Conservation Region 5 (Northern Pacific Rainforest) shows the classic Oct/Nov peak with Nov usually the stronger month.
Do you enjoy watching waterfowl, but sometimes have trouble telling scaup or teal apart? We’ve all been there, and we can help! 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 February, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to get free access to Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification.
Ten lucky eBirders will get this course for free from their February eBirding—just in time for March, one of the peak months for waterfowl migration worldwide! Take this course and start a new chapter of wild goose chases. If you like taking part in the eBirder of the Month Challenges, here are even more excuses to motivate yourself to get out birding. Each month of 2017 will feature a different Bird Academy course offering—tune in at the start of March to see what’s on tap for next month.
Sharing is caring. This month’s eBirder of the Month Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding with others. This could be a day in the field with a long-time birding friend that you’ve been checking the local lake with for 30 years, or someone who is just starting. They could be an eBirder already, or somebody who like birds but hasn’t started eBirding yet. The eBirder of the Month will be chosen from all eligible shared checklists submitted during February. Each shared checklist that you’re a part of gives you one chance to win. These lists could be shared with you from another person, or shared from you to someone else—the only requirement is that all people on the shared checklist were a part of the birding event. These checklists must be entered, shared, and accepted 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.
With the start to a New Year comes a whole new list of birding festivals. Many birding festivals take place on or near National Wildlife Refuges, often located on important migratory pathways. If you prefer to stay close to home, many of these festival are taking place right here in the eBird Northwest region or, maybe your New Year’s resolution was to travel more, a festival in Texas or Florida could be the right opportunity. Here is a list of upcoming birding festivals in 2017 taking place on National Wildlife Refuges:
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.
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.