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February eBirder of the Month Challenge


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.

Best Practices for Entering Your Yard Sightings in eBird

Recording yard birds on a cold and windy day. / K.P. McFarland

Many birders do a lot of their birding at home, especially at this time of year. We can easily be distracted by other things – phone calls, chores, family members, or even a sudden hockey goal or touchdown. One of our most frequently asked questions is how best to report checklists of birds noticed in discontinuous chunks of time throughout the day in your yard and around the bird feeders. Learn how you can make your observations count!

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

snow bunting

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get out there in this new year and see what you can find! In order to qualify as the first eBirder of the month in 2016, all you have to do is submit an average of one qualifying eBird checklist for each day in January. Our goal is to motivate people to go out at the beginning of the year (perhaps as part of a New Year’s Resolution!) and eBird what you find. The more eyes looking, the merrier. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 31 complete no-X checklists in January. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

Make eBird your New Year’s Resolution for 2016

Long-eared Owl from the Plainfield Christmas Bird Count.

Since its inception 14 years ago, Vermont eBird has grown in leaps and bounds from thanks to the dedication of Vermont bird watchers. We hear from many birders each year who tell us how Vermont eBird has changed their birding habits for the better, has taught them about bird biogeography and phenology, has helped them learn more about birds, and has made their birding more fun. We also hear from many who say that they want to submit to Vermont eBird more often or that they “keep meaning to get started” but have yet to “take the plunge.” Together, let’s make 2016 the year without regret! Make your New Year’s resolution to use Vermont eBird! With the advent of new mobile technology and a continually refined data entry process, Vermont eBird is easier to use than ever. Give it a try today, for yourself, for birders everywhere, and for the birds we all care about.

Tips for Submitting Nighttime Checklists

Listening for Eastern Whip-poor-wills at night. Yes, those specks are mosquitoes! / © K.P. McFarland

Do you go owling, marvel at the displays of woodcocks beneath a full moon, or wonder at the energetic call of whip-poor-wills? The birds of night demand our patience and a willingness to be out at hours unusual for most birders, but can startle and delight us with their calls from twilight shadows and the deep blackness of night. eBird recently simplified the checklist procedures for night and twilight birding. So now is a good time to provide some tips.

Vermont eBird is Mobile —Android is here!


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 supports species common names in more than 20 languages. Its offline functionality even allows you to enter sightings in areas with no cell service, or when traveling abroad without Internet access. If you haven’t tried eBird Mobile yet, there is no better time!

eBirder of the Month Challenge


This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on documenting your eBird sightings using photos and audio. As announced in early November, we are ecstatic to have our Media Upload tool available across eBird—a partnership with the Macaulay Library that now allows you to drag-and-drop your media right into any eBird checklist, archiving it in Macaulay. This new tool has been met with happiness from the eBirding community, and we have been delighted to watch thousands of photos and audio recordings rolling in each day, all thanks to the efforts of eBirders like you. To encourage people to help build this burgeoning media collection, the challenge this month focuses on collecting media as part of your eBirding efforts.

Adding Your CBC Data to Vermont eBird

An Owl Leaves Its Mark. Photo KP McFarland

The Christmas Count is the largest and longest-running ornithological citizen science project. Its data are a great complement to what we are collecting in Vermont eBird, and indeed the CBC has paved the way for Vermont eBird in many respects. It is not a problem to enter data in Vermont eBird and then submit it for the CBC too, since the two projects are collecting data in similar ways, but at different scales. Vermont eBird can be a great way to store your sector-level data and compare it from year to year.

The 116th Christmas Bird Count in Vermont

Pine Siskins in Winter. Photo by K.P. McFarland

The 116th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14  through January 5. This is perhaps the longest running citizen science project in Vermont. Each count occurs in a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter, and is led by an experienced birder, or designated “compiler”. Read more to learn where Vermont CBCs are located, […]

Perception vs Reality: Are Vermont Harriers declining?

Northern Harrier banded at Dead Creek WMA, Vermont.   Photo by K.P. McFarland

“Where are all the Harriers this summer?” So wondered long-time Vermont birder and local trip leader Sue Wetmore of Brandon this past early June. Don’t we all have similar questions during our birding experiences that crop up now and again as each year unfolds? How can we figure out if our perceptions are on the […]