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eBirder of the Month Challenge for February


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. eBird Mobile makes in-the-field data entry just a few taps away, no matter where you are in the world. Increased use of mobile provides greatly improved accuracy in counting, precise location selection, and overall birding effort information. And, no more data entry when you get home at the end of the day! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete no-X checklists using eBird Mobile in February. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

eBird is Mobile and Global—Android is here!

ebird mobile app featured photo

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 […]

December eBirder of the Month Challenge

Great Gray Owl

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 […]

November eBirder of the Month Challenge

Magnolia Warbler

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on repeatedly birding the same area. To date, eBirders have submitted more than 275 million observations of birds, from 2.87 million separate locations across every country. Many of these locations have just one or two checklists—giving us a baseline for the bird community there, but […]

October eBirder of the Month Challenge


This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on counting. Everytime you go eBirding, there is some counting involved. Whether that is counting the number of species that you see, or the number of individuals of each species—you’re already doing it. The goal of the challenge this month is to […]


The current stamp, costing $25, features a pair of Ruddy Ducks by Jennifer Miller. She is only the third woman ever to have her art chosen to appear on a Federal Duck Stamp. See her website here:

THE STAMP AND US By Paul J. Baicich The “Duck Stamp” – today officially called the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – has been around for over 80 years, since 1934. It has been responsible for collecting almost $1 billion and securing almost 6 million acres of wetland, bottomlands, and grasslands for the National […]

Counting 102 -birds at the feeder


A couple years ago we published the Counting 101 and Counting 201 articles, tutorials for how to more effectively and accurately count birds that you’re seeing. Counting 101 focuses on the basics—how to keep track of birds throughout a birding outing, and how to count a flock in parts to estimate the total. Counting 201 takes this a […]

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Surveys

BBSA.  Copyright Brent Ortego.

By Brent Ortego Conservation organizations are starting to use eBird data more frequently to determine status of uncommon species. I have used it for reviewing status of Black Rail, Mountain Plover and Sprague’s Pipit in Texas. In 2015, I examined all previous Buff-breasted Sandpiper (BBSA) records in Texas. Birders reported 61,370 BBSA in 2375 reports. […]

eBird Status Update—Mobile and Global


A lot of exciting developments have happened recently with eBird, and we wanted to share those with you, as well as express our gratitude and appreciation for all that you eBirders have helped bring to life. We hope this overview provides a picture of the current direction of eBird, while also highlighting some features and details about eBird that you […]

How To eBird the Global Big Day


May 9th is the inaugural Global Big Day, where eBird and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are hoping to engage a worldwide network ofbirders to go out and count birds in support of global bird conservation. Our goals are to record more than 4,000 species of birds through eBird in a single calendar day, and […]