A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Vermillion Flycatcher photo by Paul Konrad
Join the fun during the first October Big Day on October 6, our chance to set a benchmark for the future through eBird. You don’t need to be a bird expert or participate all day long; even 30 minutes in your backyard counts. The October Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone, and you can report birds from anywhere in the world on eBird, a worldwide bird checklist program used by hundreds of thousands of birders. On May 5, during the Global Big Day, more than 28,000 people ventured outside in 170 countries, finding 6,899 species, two-thirds of all the world’s bird species in one day, a new world record for birding!
Why October 6? Because the northern reaches of the world are in the midst of fall migration, and spring is rejuvenating the Southern Hemisphere. No matter where you are, we’re confident you can find some great birds and share them with the world on eBird. Let’s see what we can find together on the first October Big Day!
Every year for the last four years the Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding. This impressive international birding collaboration has been so great we want to have another worldwide eBird Big Day – in October. No matter where you are, we’re confident you can find some great birds on October 6th. Let’s see what we can find together on the first October Big Day!
Can we record 5,000 species from 125 countries for the inaugural event? No matter how you celebrate birding on October 6, have fun, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird, because in our world, every bird counts!
For more information about how to participate, see https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-6-october-2018