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In this issue:

  • Online resources to enjoy birds from your home
  • Yard and garden birding with eBird
  • Suggestions for mindful birding
  • Macaulay Library Contributor of Note: Josep del Hoyo
  • Your April eBirding can win you Zeiss binoculars & a Cornell Lab bird song identification course
  A monthly newsletter from Team eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Online resources to enjoy birds from your home

In difficult moments, birds continue to provide the hope and escape into nature that they always have for millions of people every day. We've pulled together some of our favorite ways to improve our lives with birds.

Explore online resources here.

Yard and garden birding with eBird

Many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, longingly looking out the window...what a great opportunity to watch some birds! Whether it’s a new hobby or you’ve been tracking your yard or garden birds for years, we’ve got some tips for you to help you learn the birds in your yard and share your data with eBird.

Start yard and garden birding here.

Global Big Day—9 May 2020

On 9 May, will you join birders from more than 175 countries and be a part of Global Big Day? You don’t have to commit to birding for 24 hours—an hour or even 10 minutes of watching birds makes you part of the team. The current plan is to maintain this event for folks to safely participate when possible–even if that means watching birds from home. 

Learn more about Global Big Day 2020.


Macaulay Library Contributor of Note: Josep del Hoyo

127,000 videos were recently added to the Macaulay Library from the Internet Bird Collection (IBC). 31,600 of those videos came from Josep del Hoyo, IBC founder and creator of The Handbook of the Birds of the World. Josep started watching birds in rural Spain, sparking an interest that would eventually lead him to record over half the world’s species.

Read more of Josep's story.


Please bird mindfully

For birders, one way to get through this period is to spend time outdoors enjoying birds—just remember to keep health and safety your top priorities.

Check out some birder-specific health safety tips. 

Free bird song identification course

How are your ear-birding skills? Every eligible checklist that you submit in April gives you a chance to get Bird Academy’s Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs—just in time for spring! 

See more.

eBirder of the Month

Time to work on your yard or garden list! Submit 20 eligible checklists during April from an official eBird Yard to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and free Zeiss binoculars.

Read more.
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