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eBird’s Global Big Day, Coming May 14

The Great Backyard Bird Count is big, but the Global Big Day is much much bigger. On May 9, 2015, 14,000 people in 135 countries entered a staggering 45,000 eBird checklists featuring 6,085 species in one 24 hour period. That’s a lot of birds, but our friends at Cornell want 2016 to be even bigger.

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May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day in North America. A day that a great many nature centers, bird clubs, and environmental organizations will host events around the United States and Canada. Notable among those are the World Series of Birding in New Jersey and the Great Canadian Birdathon in Ontario, but there’s probably one near you, too. In any case, it’s smack dab in the middle of migration in the Northern Hemisphere and a spectacular time to go birding anyway.

How do you get involved? It’s as simple as to go birding and enter an eBird checklist, something a great many of us are already doing in May. For more information on the Global Big Day and how to get involved, check out this post on the eBird homepage. There you can find ways to share the event with other birders, as well as links to the Global Big Day home page and social media info.