In this issue:

  • Global Big Day sets four world records
  • eBird passes one billion bird observations
  • First-ever recordings of a rediscovered bird
  • Recordings in the Macaulay Library provide soundscape for art installation
  • Best practices to add scientific value to your eBird checklists
  • Your June eBirding can win you Zeiss binoculars and a Cornell Lab bird behavior course
  A monthly newsletter from Team eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birding community breaks records on Global Big Day

eBirders around the world united for Global Big Day and together set four new birding world records. Birdwatchers spanning 192 countries found nearly 70% of the world’s bird species in a single day—an incredible accomplishment! A huge thanks to the more than 51,000 participants of this year's Global Big Day for being a part of birding's biggest team.

Global Big Day 2021 Results

eBird passes one billion bird observations

A report of an Australasian Swamphen on Global Big Day marked eBird’s billionth bird observation. This impressive milestone was made possible by our partners, collaborators, and hundreds of thousands of eBirders around the world. The growing eBird database is used every day to study and protect bird populations.

Discover the power of one billion eBird observations

Venezuelan team captures first-ever sounds of rediscovered bird

The small, olive-green Urich's Tyrannulet is one of the most poorly known birds in South America. A Venezuelan expedition successfully relocated the tyrannulet this year. The photos and sound recordings they uploaded to the Macaulay Library through eBird shed valuable light on the behavior and ecology of this endangered species.

Learn about the rediscovery of Urich's Tyrannulet

Macaulay Library recordings provide backdrop to haunting art installation

Artist Maya Lin's Ghost Forest installation features a stand of 49 Atlantic white cedar trees echoing with the sounds of species once common in Manhattan. The installation, which debuted in New York's Madison Square park last month, incorporates sounds from the Macaulay Library and is designed to highlight the impacts of habitat loss and climate change.

Listen to some of the animals found in Lin's Ghost Forest

Every bird counts!

From counting birds to keeping complete checklists, eBird best practices are easy ways to maximize the scientific value of your birding and make a difference in our understanding of bird populations.

Tips and best practices for reporting your bird observations

Win a Cornell Lab bird behavior course

Learn to think like a bird! Each eligible checklist that you submit in June gives you a chance to win Bird Academy's Understanding Bird Behavior course.

Learn more

eBirder of the Month

Add valuable precision to your eBird checklists. Submit 20 eligible checklists that include eBird Mobile 'tracks' shorter than 5 km (3 mi) to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and free Zeiss binoculars.

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