Why report bird sightings?
When you birdwatch, you're noting what birds are in your area at a specific point in time. You might even be keeping track of how many individuals of each species you find, or any interesting behaviors you notice. Your observations are a small piece of a puzzle that scientists and conservationists all over the world are trying to put together - what birds are where, and when? Your sightings could help answer questions ranging from "When will the goldfinches be back in my neighborhood?" to "How is climate change causing migration pathways to shift?" to "What areas need to be protected to stop this species from going extinct?" The information you're already gathering while watching birds can't answer these questions alone. But when it is combined with information reported by other birders, from other times of the year and other locations near and far, the puzzle comes together. This is called citizen science, and without it, much of what we now know about birds would never have been discovered.
What is eBird and how do I use it?
eBird is an online database of global bird sightings, submitted by citizen scientists, that is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Launched in 2002, today it is the largest biodiversity dataset in the world. Scientists and conservationists use eBird's data to answer big questions about abundance and distribution, but it's more than just a scholarly resource. Bird watchers across the world use eBird to keep track of their sightings and find other birds in their area.
Why use eBird?
How do I report a banded bird?
Most birders come across a banded bird sooner or later, but might not know how important it is to report what they see. Banded birds were caught once and fitted with a band with a unique code. Every time a birder reports a banded bird, biologists learn more about migratory patterns, territory size, range, habitat use, mortality, longevity, and important areas to protect. Often our most imperiled species are banded, and even amateur bird watchers play a critical role in their conservation!
There are a number of people and projects banding various species of birds. Below is a partial list of where you can report the banded birds you see. Remember in your report to include:
For Red Knot/Sanderling/Ruddy Turnstone/ Semipalmated Sandpiper, visit www.bandedbirds.org
For Piping Plovers with yellow or light blue flagged bands, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Piping Plovers with white or gray flagged bands, email email@example.com
For Piping Plovers with any other band, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For American Oystercatchers, visit http://amoywg.org/banding-re-sighting/
For Least Terns, email email@example.com
For Roseate Spoonbills, visit http://web1.audubon.org/spoonbill/
For Wood Storks, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Snowy Plovers, visit http://www.fosbirds.org/content/how-report-banded-snowy-plovers
HAVE YOU SEEN ME?
If you've seen a Southeastern American Kestrel, Painted Bunting, or Burrowing Owl,
report it here.