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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.

2015 Wisconsin eBird Year in Review

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Wisconsin eBird concluded 2015 with 338 species and 101,538 checklists!  eBird participation grew by 12.8% over 2014.  Wisconsin also became the first state to integrate its Breeding Bird Atlas with eBird.  You can learn more about Wisconsin’s Second Breeding Bird atlas here and here. Keep reading and you can learn more about rarities, intriguing developments […]

A perfect resolution: Start eBirding, here’s how!

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Are you looking for a useful and fun New Year’s resolution? If so, and you haven’t tried eBird yet or only use it sparingly, this may be just what you’re looking for.

Note that there are two opportunities in the next month to interact online with Wisconsin eBird experts and learn more about how to eBird. Give it a try!

January eBirder of the Month Challenge

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!

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eBird began in 2002, 14 years ago. In that time, eBird has grown in leaps and bounds from version 1.0, thanks to efforts of eBirders everywhere. We hear from thousands of people each year who tell us how eBird has changed their birding habits for the better, has taught them about bird occurrence in their area and when traveling, 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 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! For 2016, make your New Year’s Resolution to use eBird! With the advent of new mobile technology and a continually refined data entry process, 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.

eBird is Mobile and Global—Android is here!

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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! Both of these apps build off of the groundbreaking BirdLog app, initially developed by David Bell and BirdsInTheHand, LLC in 2012.

December eBirder of the Month Challenge

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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. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete no-X checklists containing rich media in December. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

eBird and Macaulay Library: next generation tools for rich media

Adult male Northern Harrier, Moss Landing, CA, October. Photo by Brian L. Sullivan.

It’s no surprise that birders are a visual and aural community—after all, we spend most of our time searching for birds by sight and sound. Millions of birders around the world now carry cameras into the field, and many people are beginning to record bird sounds using smartphones. Until now, this rich resource of bird photos and sounds has been scattered across disparate resources, or in the worst cases has not been captured at all. Using the data collection power of eBird, and the long-term curation and archival capabilities of the Macaulay Library, we’ve created a home at the Cornell Lab for this next generation of bird information. Leveraging the strengths of both projects, we’ve developed a scientific foundation and a streamlined process for collecting rich media that provides a long-term, open data resource searchable by birders and scientists alike—a real-time, digital natural history collection. And did we forget to mention, it’s incredibly fun? Through a simple drag-and-drop process, any eBirder can now upload photos and sounds directly into an eBird checklist. For the first time, it’s easy to illustrate your eBird checklists with rich media, not only providing documentation for your bird records, but also creating a visual and audio tapestry of what you’re encountering in the field, and easily share it with others.

November eBirder of the Month

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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 […]

Announcing the new Young Birders Club of Wisconsin!

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The birdwatching community might appear dominated by adult experts and mature naturalists. However, there is a less visible but equally important demographic hidden out there: Teenage birders. We are the future of birding in Wisconsin. Did you know Illinois, Iowa and Ohio all have active youth birding clubs? Now is the time to join the Young Birders Club of Wisconsin.