This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, helps make eBird easier than ever. As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds with every passing month and year, the birding tools that we can provide improve apace. The perfect example is eBird Mobile—a mobile data-entry app for eBird that makes it faster and easier to track your bird sightings than ever before. More than 150,000 people have downloaded eBird Mobile so far, using the app in 26 languages—come join the fun! The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists using eBird Mobile in April. Checklists must be for observations during this month, not historical checklists entered during April. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
eBird Mobile lets you keep your sightings on your phone or tablet while you’re in the field or traveling, making note-taking a breeze. There are two pieces of eBird Mobile that are really valuable, and that you may not yet know of. These are the ability to use eBird Mobile Quick Entry options, and the ability to use eBird Mobile without a data connection—anywhere in the world! In addition to these key features, you’re also able to use eBird Mobile to view expected lists of species throughout your birding endeavors: delivered by eBird’s data quality filters for whatever region you’re watching birds in. Importantly, eBird Mobile also makes it easier to make your checklists more valuable; keeping more checklists in less time from precise locations anywhere you are.
Learn how to get started here, and take your eBirding to a new level!
Each month we will feature a new eBird challenge and set of selection criteria. The monthly winners will each receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular.
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is a proven leader in sports optics and is the official optics sponsor for eBird. “Carl Zeiss feels strongly that by partnering with the Cornell Lab we can provide meaningful support for their ability to carry out their research, conservation, and education work around the world,” says Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, North America. “The Cornell Lab is making a difference for birds, and from the highest levels of our company we’re committed to promoting birding and the Lab’s work, so there’s a great collaboration. eBird is a truly unique and synergistic portal between the Lab and birders, and we welcome the opportunity to support them both.”
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