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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 […]

Global Big Day — Join Us 9 May 2015


For more than 30 years, Cornell’s Team Sapsucker has been doing Big Days to raise money for conservation. We’ve had some great times, from our awesome 294 species run in Texas to last year’s El Gigante that combined Arizona and California for 275 species. Other impressive totals and competitions we may prefer to forget (Andrew […]

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Rusty Blackbird male by Keith Williams

A female Rusty Blackbird huddles on a Minnesota rooftop during a blizzard, fluffing herself into a ball to keep warm. A male flips leaves in a roadside ditch in Maryland, navigating partially frozen mud to hunt for spring’s first invertebrates. A noisy, mixed flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and the occasional Rusty lifts off […]

Great Texas Birding Classic Registration is Open!


Beginning and avid birders, school groups, boy and girl scouts, park managers, nature centers, naturalists, companies, organizations, and neighborhood groups are all invited to take part in this exciting and fun event from any region in Texas. The event runs April 15 through May 15, 2015 and there are many different categories to choose from: […]

Make eBird your New Year’s Resolution!

Black-throated Sparrow

eBird was released in 2002 but took its current form in 2005. The eBird that we all know and love will be ten years old in 2015. We hear from hundreds 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 […]

Texas Christmas Bird Counts Need Volunteers

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Photo by Richard Gibbons

The Christmas Bird Count is a premier citizen science project providing the backbone of winter distribution and population data for land managers and policy makers. The 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) begins December 14th and your help is needed. Beginners to Black Belt birders are welcomed. Often newcomers are paired up with experienced birders to […]


Photo: Ashley Tubbs

Texas has a new bird on its already oversized checklist. The multiple well-documented observations of this species will most likely lead to this being number 641 with the addition of Common Crane. Although predicted to turn up in Texas for years and several records in North America, this widely distributed crane of Europe and Asia […]

Therapy Birds: Helping Dementia Patients through Bird Tales


Bird Tales, a new National Audubon initiative, is a dynamic, unique, and low-cost therapeutic program that brings the natural outdoor world of birds to people living with dementia. With skillfully designed programming, trained volunteers, and lots of enthusiasm, Bird Tales engages people with dementia and connects them to the outdoors and birds like never before. […]

BirdQuest: A way to engage kids in eBird


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth K-12 team has developed a new resource that will help groups of young people engage with eBird. The mission of BirdSleuth K-12 is to create innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. We […]

Climate Change Science Aided by Huge but “Invisible” Efforts of Amateurs


Hundreds of thousands of volunteer data collectors are due for some thanks from scientists, according to a new paper that reveals the role of citizen science in studies of birds and climate change. Data collected by amateurs underpins up to 77 percent of the studies in this field, but that fact is largely invisible by […]