Global Big Day

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Prairie Warbler by Greg Gard


Global Big Day is a single day uniting birdwatchers worldwide across political boundaries and language barriers, all brought together by the shared passion for birds. Global Big Day takes place on May 14, 2016, is easy to participate in and helps scientists learn about bird populations and migration patterns.

Submit Your Data to eBird on May 14
It’s that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Learn how to take part. Don’t worry — you don’t need to be a bird expert, or to go out all day long. Even a half hour checklist from your backyard will help. Of course, you are welcome to spend the entire day in the field, but know that it is not required! Please enter your data as soon as you can, preferably by Tuesday, May 17.

How can I follow the Global Big Day results?
Visit Global Big Day webpage, which will be updated throughout May 14th with sightings and photos from eBirders worldwide. Team eBird will also be posting updates. Use #GBD2016 to join in and share on Facebook or Twitter, and perhaps you’ll be featured on the Global Big Day summary page.

Global Big Day Tips—how to have the most fun
1. Explore the Birding “Hotspots” in your area. eBird’s Hotspot Explorer is a fantastic way to find great places to see birds, and to learn more about birds in your area.

2. Note sightings with eBird Mobile. Record your sightings in the field with the free eBird Mobile app, available for iOS and Android.

3. Share your bird photos. Take photos of birds you see on the day and then upload these images directly to your eBird checklist. These photos document your sightings, make your checklist a work of art, and become a part of the Macaulay Library.

4. Get others excited about the Global Big Day! Encourage two friends to take part in the Global Bird Day and help to share the excitement.

5. Learn more about what eBird has to offer. Cutting edge migration visualizations. Over 300 million bird observations, freely available to all. Trip-planning and educational tools. Of course, most importantly, get outside, see some birds, have fun, and contribute your sightings to global bird conservation! Thanks for being a part of a truly Global Big Day.

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