eBird has always encouraged birders to report all birds seen and heard, whether the bird was identified to species or not. Recently, a decision was made that the display of taxa other than species should be standardized for eBirders across the country. Texas eBird editors are busy adding subspecies and subspecies groups to filters so they are available for entry on eBird checklists. These volunteer editors are also adding groups like slashes (Snow/Ross’s Goose or Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird for example), “spuhs” (sparrow sp. or blackbird sp.), and certain more frequently encountered hybrid combinations.
Mark your calendars—six weeks from this Saturday, 14 May, is Global Big Day! For those of us living in more northern climes, the mid-May height of spring still seems a ways off, with tantalizing early migrants just starting to hint at things to come. Our goal with this article is to help with your local Global Big Day preparations—ensuring that you’ll be able to get the most out of eBird and the GBD in your local area and community. After reading this, you should know how to find birds around you using eBird, how to get your friends and fellow birders excited about participating, and how to make sure that eBird is being as helpful as possible for you.
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on fine-scale reporting and helps promote good eBird location selection habits. Almost everything in eBird depends on choosing your location correctly and precisely. Whether online or with eBird Mobile, having an accurate location associated with the birds you see makes your checklists accurate and thorough, helps you and others refind birds you report, and most importantly, gives scientists and conservationists the best possible data—allowing for everything from local analyses to global models. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more complete no-X checklists in April as stationary counts or traveling counts of two kilometers (1.25 miles) or less and five hours or less. This means a total of 15 lists is required as a minimum; if you think in miles, just shoot for one mile or less. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on exploring new areas. eBirders have entered sightings from more than 3 million locations across every country in the world. Even though that sounds like a big number, there is still a lot we have yet to learn, and a lot […]
May 14, 2016. The second Global Big Day. We need your help to make it the biggest day of birding the world has ever seen. With less than three months until the day, it’s time to get started! Last year, thanks to participation from eBirders worldwide, we were able to engage more than 14,000 people […]
Car Talk meets Prairie Home Companion with Red River Radio’s “Bird Calls” radio show. This live bimonthly radio show is co-hosted and co-produced by Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Nongame Ornithologist, Cliff Shackelford. Each episode opens with details about a profiled species, followed by Cliff fielding live calls from the general public about birds, and the […]
It’s time again to join a continental effort to understand and document Rusty Blackbird occurrence during migration. Rusty Blackbird has experienced a mysterious decades-long population crash and citizen scientists are being asked to help. If you know places where Rusties have been in the past or have a wet, woodsy place in mind where you […]
You’re invited to take part in this year’s 20th Anniversary of the Birding Classic. Last year we had 100 teams competing all over the state, and our goal is to surpass that number as we celebrate this year’s 20th anniversary. You can help! The event runs April 15 through May 15 and beginning and avid […]
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.
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 […]