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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 […]

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: […]