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

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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 […]

Help Scientists Study Brown Pelicans

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  Scientists need your help to study the migratory movements of young Brown Pelicans along the Texas and Mexico coasts. During the summer of 2014, about 300 young pelicans were fitted with green plastic bands at breeding colonies near Galveston, Port O’Connor and Port Aransas, TX. Color bands make it easier to observe and follow […]

Taxonomy update for 2014

Clapper Rail by Ryan Schain

For American birders, large rail splits are most likely to give Life Lists a boost in this revision. Be careful reporting Clapper Rail: it should only be used for East Coast and Gulf Coast birds now! Photo of Clapper Rail in Massachusetts by Ryan Schain. The taxonomic update for 2014 is now complete in eBird. […]

Collared Plover Update

The Collared Plover was relocated this morning (fide Mary Gustafson) and  the First Street Access is reopened. Please be very considerate of local farming operations and do not block access. Park on Lincoln and walk down First Street.

Collared Plover – Anticipation Builds for Texas Rarity

Collared Plover By Tiffany Kersten

Birders will have to wait another 48 hours to possibly see the Collared Plover, which has been sighted in Texas for only the second time in 22 years. The location is near Hargill, Texas, approximately 40 minutes northeast of McAllen, Texas. The bird was present as of 9:00 AM this morning, however adjacent cotton fields […]

New study uses eBird to understand role of urban and agricultural areas during migration

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A new study in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography by Frank La Sorte, Morgan Tingley, and Allen Hurlbert uses eBird data to examine patterns of species richness and species composition within different land-use categories across the annual cycle in North America. The study contrasts how bird communities change from month-to-month within agricultural and urban […]

Request to report marked American White Pelicans

Birders are requested to report marked birds.

Starting in 2007, Wildlife Biologists in southern Idaho have been marking breeding and juvenile American White Pelicans to better understand their survivorship, migration, and wintering grounds. The hope is that observant birders and biologists to the south will notice the metal leg bands and colored wing markings, red for Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge and white […]

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

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Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as “just another blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any other once-common landbird. In March of 2014, the International […]

Banded Smith’s Longspur Sightings Requested

Banded Smith's Longspurs in Alaska

Be on the Lookout. Smith’s Longspurs were banded in the Brooks Range of Alaska and resights of these birds are extremely valuable. Researchers are working to better understand the connectivity of their wintering and breeding ranges. If you find a banded Smith’s Longspur, please send as much detail as possible to Abby Powell at abby.powell […]

Texas eBird Editors Forum – Location, Location, Location!

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Using the right location can make your eBird reports more useful to birders and researchers.  You determine the eBird location for your data and locations can be precise or general.  General locations include city, county or state level checklists. Checklists associated with general locations are not included in as many analyses as precise locations. eBird […]