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Birding Aboard

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Presented By Seven Seas Cruising Association and Ocean Cruising Club,
Goal Collect seabird sightings from private vessels
Task Report birds seen while recreational boating
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Birding Aboard is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of long-distance birding sailors from around the world.

Our mission is to benefit seabird conservation by mobilizing the worldwide boating community to document ocean bird sightings, providing critical and seldom-recorded data on seabird abundance and distribution and on ocean migration routes.

Seabird knowledge is described as a frontier science. For some species, breeding or wintering areas remain unknown. This lack of knowledge is troubling given that BirdLife International estimates that one-third of seabirds are vulnerable or globally endangered due to threats from predators on nesting grounds, some fisheries, and plastics.

Individual boaters can help by reporting and documenting their sightings, which are archived with the eBird global database for use by scientists and conservationists.

How to Join

Begin by joining the Birding Aboard Facebook Group at:

There you can share your questions, sightings, photographs, and get the latest news.

To participate in a count, download the resources at the website, Here you can find information on recommended camera equipment, seabird primers (including a kids' version), recommended field guides and apps, tally sheets, and more.

Non-birding boaters are encouraged to take photographs of any birds they see offshore, including land birds that rest on their boat, recording the lat/long. Then post these photographs at the Facebook Birding Aboard group and we will help verify and record your sightings into the eBird database.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bird, birding aboard, boating, fishing, ocean, sailing
Project Updated 05/23/2018