In this issue:

  • October Big Day: one week from Saturday
  • BirdCast helps birders experience migration and support conservation
  • Exciting updates to Explore Region and Hotspot pages
  • New and updated bird common name options
  • eBird Store open again
  • Your October eBirding can win you NEW Zeiss Victory binoculars and a Cornell Lab waterfowl ID course
A monthly newsletter from Team eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

October Big Day—17 Oct 2020

October Big Day is one week from Saturday! Wherever you are in the world, submit eBird checklists on 17 Oct and be a part of October’s biggest day of birding. Your checklists could even win you a free pair of Zeiss binoculars!

Get ready for October Big Day

Experience migration with BirdCast

BirdCast helps everyone appreciate the movements of migratory birds. Birders can use BirdCast’s forecasting and monitoring tools to guide their birding, and cities can use BirdCast to plan Lights Out initiatives to prevent bird strikes. Your eBird checklists improve our ability to predict and understand movement patterns of different species.

Keep an eye on migration in your area

Explore Region and Hotspot pages

eBird’s new design for Explore Region and Hotspot pages brings mobile-responsiveness and exciting new tools to some of eBird’s most visited pages. Tap the icons at the top to view different summary lists, enjoy the dynamic media feed, and use the quick links to visit region-specific pages of your eBird activity.

Explore your favorite birding spots and discover new ones

New options for common names

Did you know there are 59 names for Passer domesticus in eBird? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers bird common names in 78 languages and regional dialects from Arabic to Ukrainian - including multiple variations of French, Spanish, and English. Display bird names in your preferred language across eBird, Merlin, Birds of the World, and more.

Learn more about bird common names in eBird

Get eBird Gear!

The eBird Store is open again! There's no better way to display your eBird pride than by wearing an eBird hat or shirt while submitting checklists. eBird gear makes the perfect outfit for any occasion.

Visit the eBird Store

Win a free waterfowl identification course

Brown ducks giving you the blues? Each eligible checklist that you submit in October is a chance to win Bird Academy’s Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification course.

Learn more

eBirder of the Month

One challenge, TWO winners! Submit 5 eligible checklists on October Big Day to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and one of two pairs of ZEISS Victory SF 8x32 binoculars.

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