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Global Big Day—get involved

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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.

April 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 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.

Spring has sprung in Wisconsin!

Woodcocks are one of the species that has returned early to most of the state

The early snowmelt and record-breaking temperatures have caused many early migrants to pour into the state. What does this mean for early season eBirding and Atlasing? Read on to find out.

Global Big Day — 14 May, 2016

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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 […]

March 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 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 […]

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.