The familiar Barn Swallow (right) has been recorded in eBird from 222 countries. You can hope to spot a Barn Swallow almost anywhere on the planet, from Alaska to Argentina, Siberia to Australia, Iceland to South Africa. Barn Swallows criss-cross the equator and traverse the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Their movements not only span an entire planet of birds, but connect a worldwide community of birders.
In the same way, Global Big Day and eBird connect all of your local birds with the rest of the world, making a real difference in the collective understanding of birds worldwide. On 13 May, every bird that you report contributes to the global team total for an unprecedented snapshot of our planet’s bird diversity. Every bird counts.
To join the Global Big Day team from more than 150 countries, all you have to do is go birding on 13 May! More than 1,000 people have already marked where they’ll be on Global Big Day. Where will you be? Nobody can cover your favorite birding site as well as you can. Go out and make a difference. Have a birding friend or know an expert guide in Africa or somewhere else that needs coverage? Shoot them a message and invite them to join the team!
Looking for some inspiration in the final days before Global Big Day? Here are three of our tips for maximizing success and fun:
As a united team of Global Big Day birdwatchers, together we can fill in the range map for Barn Swallow and the 10,000 other species of birds that share this planet with us.