eBird was launched in 2002, by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. This online portal allows birders, on any level, to contribute to science and the study of ornithology. Described as, "A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds." "A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. eBird provides various options for data gathering including point counts, transects, and area searches. Automated data quality filters developed by regional bird experts review all submissions before they enter the database. Local experts review unusual records that are flagged by the filters."
It's really simple...by setting up an account and logging in, anyone can join in on the fun. For a bird addict like me, online data submission is a slippery slope. eBirding is so additive!
To me, here are the best eBird features: It's free!! It's easy to use. It's faster than a pad of paper or a spreadsheet. I'm able able to edit a list submission, if I forgot a species. Also, I can see how many "lifers" I've reported.
Bottom line, if you care about birds and want to help...then eBird!
Global tools for birders, critical data for science.
- Record the birds you see
- Keep track of your bird lists
- Explore dynamic maps and graphs
- Share your sightings and join the eBird community
- Contribute to science and conservation
Take the eBird challange
Average one checklist per day!
Be it your backyard, your wait at the bus stop, your walk with the dog, or the Dry Tortugas...your bird observations can be from anywhere at any time. Just do your best to average submitting at least one eBird checklist per day.
Yes, its true. eBirders are better than plain ol' ordinary birders. If the truth hurts and you're asking "Why should I use eBird? Well then click here.