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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 […]

Help Scientists Study Brown Pelicans


  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


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 […]