In this issue:

  • October Big Day is this Saturday
  • Introducing ShorebirdViz, a data-driven tool to advance shorebird conservation
  • Birds of the World holds the key to scientific names
  • The role of body size and bill shape in tanager song characteristics
  • Gain eBirding confidence with eBird Essentials
  • Your October eBirding can win you Zeiss binoculars and a Cornell Lab waterfowl identification course
 A monthly newsletter from Team eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This Saturday is October Big Day

It's time for October Big Day! Last year, more than 32,000 eBirders from 168 countries joined in the fun. Submit eBird checklists this Saturday, 9 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

Introducing ShorebirdViz

ShorebirdViz is a cutting-edge, interactive tool that uses eBird observations and advanced statistical models to estimate when and how many shorebirds occur throughout the Western Hemisphere with incredible detail. ShorebirdViz can help to identify key conservation areas, develop sustainable farming solutions, and support legislation to protect shorebirds. It's a game-changer for conservation!

Explore shorebird populations with ShorebirdViz

Birds of the World’s New ‘Key to Scientific Bird Names’

Hidden within each species’ scientific name is an interesting fact about its discovery, appearance, or behavior. Consider the scientific name of Guianan Trogon, Trogon violaceus, which translates to “violet-colored fruit-eater”. Discover the meanings of scientific bird names with Birds of the World. Each species account now features information from James Jobling’s “Key to Scientific Names”.

Enjoy free access to Birds of the World this weekend from 8am EST Friday through 8 am EST Sunday in celebration of October Big Day!

Body Size and Bill Size and Shape Affect Tanager Song Characteristics

Using audio specimens in the Macaulay Library and Xeno-canto, a team of researchers found that birds in the tanager family had different song characteristics depending on their physical characteristics such as bill size and shape and body size. The role of physical features on song characteristics can provide clues to the evolution of why and how birds sing.

Untangling the effects of vocal structures on tanager songs

eBird Essentials

Step up your eBirding with eBird Essentials—a free, self-paced course for eBirders of all experience levels. In a recent survey, 82% of respondents reported an increase in eBirding confidence after taking eBird Essentials. What are you waiting for?

Check out eBird Essentials

Win a free waterfowl identification course

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

Learn more

eBirder of the Month

Join in the fun of October Big Day! Submit 5 eligible checklists on October Big Day—9 October to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and free Zeiss binoculars.

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