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In this issue:

  • New, cutting-edge visualizations of bird populations
  • Updates to help you explore and manage your locations
  • eBird powers research into effects of pollution and cities on birds
  • Recordings in the Macaulay Library help scientists discover new species
  • Save the date: The Great Backyard Bird Count and Global Big Day
  • Your February eBirding can win you Zeiss binoculars and a Cornell Lab owl course
  A monthly newsletter from Team eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A bird's-eye view of avian movements

Marvel at new, detailed visualizations of when and where birds occur throughout the year. These exciting data products from the eBird Science team depict the distribution patterns of 807 species on six continents—now including species from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Observations from more than 300,000 eBirders contributed to these cutting-edge models of bird populations around the globe.

Explore eBird Science Status and Trends

New features for My Locations

The updated My Locations makes it easy to explore and manage your checklist locations. Use My Locations to quickly access your favorite birding spots. Your most-visited locations are automatically at the top of the list. Select any location to submit a new checklist, explore past visits and more.

Learn more about these updates

Researchers use eBird to study impacts of cities, pollution on birds

Your eBird observations are an important scientific resource. Two recently published studies of eBird data show how reducing pollution can benefit birds. In one, authors suggest measures that cities can take to help migrating birds. In the other, authors conclude that ozone reductions may have saved over a billion birds so far.

Recent eBird science stories


New species are being discovered with help from the Macaulay Library

Join us for an adventure in sound sleuthing as researchers scale mountains and listen in on sound recordings in the Macaulay Library to discover new species. Your recordings help power their discoveries. What new species will be uncovered next?

How Sound Sleuths listen for new species


Save the date!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is 12-15 Feb. With multiple ways to participate, there's never been a better time to share your love of birds.

Then, mark your calendars for the next Global Big Day—8 May, 2021 and be part of birding's biggest team.

Win a Cornell Lab owl course

Fuel your fascination for all things owl. Each eligible checklist that you submit in February is a chance to win Bird Academy's newest course: The Wonderful World of Owls.

Learn more

eBirder of the Month

Find and share more birds on your mobile device. Submit 28 eligible checklists with eBird Mobile in February to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and free Zeiss binoculars.

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