This weekend is the great event "Counting Birds In Community" | eBird

Pygmy Woodpecker at Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, on 16 Feb 2013. Photo by Masami Yoshimura.

This 14 - 17 February (Friday to Monday) is the 17th edition of the annual Contando Aves En Comunidad (hereinafter abbreviated as GBBC, "Great Backyard Bird Count"). To participate, all you have to do is go birding during this time period and make sure you enter the lists on eBird. The GBBC was one of the first demonstrations that the internet could be used to compile lists of birds for bird lovers, and in fact played a decisive role in creating eBird in 2002. If you are still not enthusiastic about the event of this weekend, here are some of the reasons why we think you should be.

Join a global team!

eBird's team appreciates GBBC as the Great Global Bird Count. Let's see what a worldwide team of bird watchers can do. At present, eBird is a massive effort to document bird populations around the world over time, but the GBBC represents an opportunity to take a 4-day snapshot. Each person who posts a list this weekend will be part of the overall effort.

Involve Your Friends!

In order to meet these challenges, what we really need is to get more people involved. Do you have a bird-watcher friend in another country? Contact him and suggest him or her to participate in the Great Global Bird Count, and see if you can add a unique species to the event or a unique record for your country. Maybe you went on an international trip to see birds. This is a great excuse to talk with your guide and encourage him to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your friends to eBird and hope they are very fascinated!

Invite someone to observe birds!

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This weekend, take a friend who is not yet birdwatcher and show him why you like both birds and eBird observation. We firmly believe in the power of birdwatchers to influence wise conservation practices and the power of birds to connect people with the environment around them. If each of us incorporates a new birdwatcher every year, we can really develop a global army of people to better understand, protect and care for birds and the ecosystem that binds us to them.

b> Last year on eBird

eBird has been growing at 40% over the past 8 years. This growth has been possible thanks to the commitment of all who enter data and the enthusiasm to encourage our friends to participate. It has also been for repeated demonstrations of the power of eBird's data, from scientific articles to powerful conservation actions. EBird's vision to connect birders, scientists, and the conservation community to better understand and protect birds is being realized every day.

Argentina: The launch of eBird Argentina in September and the support of Aves Argentinas promises a huge increase in data from the Southern Cone. Central America: Since the launch of eBird Central America in May, growth in all Central American countries has been at record levels. Australia: Just launched eBird Eremaea promises a huge increase in participation from that place. India : the incredible participation in GBBC last year, and a huge team of GBBC motivated data contributors and reviewers.

How to follow the GBBC statistics this weekend

In order to see how well our global team is doing this weekend, we invite you to take a look at the recently redesigned GBBC website . Although adapted for the GBBC, this page has most of the same functionality as eBird. You can send data from here or on your favorite eBird portal-they all go to the same place. Your My eBird statistics will be the same here as on any eBird portal.

Any of these submissions can be published as a link. Get support from your fellow birders by posting these statistics on your blog, Facebook page, forum, or your favorite social network.

If you want to compare results, we recommend you use ebird.org to explore the patterns of February 2013 and compare them with the February 2014 patterns. Try to see the eBird distribution maps for any species. For example, Snowy Owl <(Bubo scandiacus) in February 2013 is very different from that of February 2014; both maps include GBBC data. The White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) is another species with differences between February of 2013 vs. February 2014. Use this same method to explore other species of interest during the count this year.

Here are some other interesting statistics from 2013 to compare with this year's event: http: // gbbc Asianbird-Flycatcher in Coimbatore, India, by S. Lakshminarayanan.

  • Adam Floyd