Ebird.org is the Audubon’s Society’s online birding checklist that you can use to record your observations and compare them with other people across the continent and in other parts of the world. Why would you want to do this? Here’s some info from their website:
“eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence.”
“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.”
I learned about the program at a recent organic gardening coference. Farms and backyard habitat are some of the best remaining habitat for a variety of birds. Knowing what kinds of birds live in and visit your area is a great way to help us understand their behavior and protect them.
Plus, eBird is pretty cool to play around with! It’s got interactive maps, charts, and more. And it takes about 2 minutes to sign up and start using.