American Birding Podcast



eBird hits 3 million observations in a month!

Like many ABA members, the eBird program is near and dear to my heart.  You could even say I’m an evangelical about it.  Not only is it a valuable means for organizing my own records to keep up with the taxonomic Cuisinart that is modern ornithology, but it’s an increasingly valuable tool for regular birders to make a real contribution to bird population and distribution studies simply by doing what we already do in the field.

It goes without saying that the data gleaned from this massive initiative is all the more robust when more and more people participate, so the news that eBird reached a significant milestone, that of 3 million(!) bird observations entered into the database in the month of May 2011, is really exciting, indeed.

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It’s a testimony to the work that Team eBird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon have done, and continue to do, that so many birders have jumped on the bandwagon.  And if there’s any doubt that the cumulative actions of millions of us has such a profound impact on the way we understand bird distribution and abundance, one only has to look at the 2011 State of the Birds, as explained here at the ABA Blog by Brian Sullivan, to see that really exciting things are on the horizon.

So congrats to the eBird team!  And you’re still on the fence about eBird, I encourage you to check it out, the new data entry format is easier than ever.  Maybe by next year we’ll see five million a month!