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Presented By Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Goal Collect, archive, and search bird observations.
Task Visit our website to find out more details.

A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these observations with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.

As featured in Chapter 2 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.

How to Join

1. Record the birds you see
2. Keep track of your bird lists
3. Explore dynamic maps and graphs
4. Share your sightings and join the eBird community
5. Contribute to science and conservation

Project Timing Year-round
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Every day
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags birding, birds, birdwatching, bird watching, ebird, ecology, girl scouts
Project Updated 05/23/2018