January eBirder of the Month Challenge

By Team eBird January 1, 2023
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This January’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, can help eBirders of every experience level learn something new about eBird. The free, self-guided eBird Essentials course contains the fundamental information we think every eBirder should know— everything from best practices to time-saving tips and tricks.

The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who complete the eBird Essentials course and submit 1 or more eligible checklists in January. If you have already completed the course, just submit at least one checklist in January to qualify.

We recommend the course to everyone from beginning eBirders to long-time users. The step-by-step walk-throughs and video tutorials make using eBird a breeze. Don’t believe us?  According to a recent survey, 82% of respondents reported an increase in eBirding confidence after taking the eBird Essentials course.

Check out these testimonials from course participants:

“I have been hesitant to begin using eBird, unsure how or where to begin.
Thanks to this course I feel more confident on how to begin using the program.”

“Though I already use eBird regularly, this course explained details and features
I wasn’t aware of. It also described the importance of details that I normally
took for granted.”

Start with eBird Essentials today!

The winner will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular and will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Each month we will feature a new eBird challenge and set of selection criteria. Now is the time to start submitting lists for the 2023 Checklist-a-day Challenge!

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is a proven leader in sports optics and is the official optics sponsor for eBird. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and support the vital scientific data being collected by dedicated eBirders.” – Richard Moncrief, Birding and Nature Observation Segment Manager at Carl Zeiss SBE