A real-time online bird observation checklist program tailored for use by Californians, to report and access information about birds.
Audubon California, PRBO Conservation Science, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology have partnered to create California eBird, a real-time online bird observation checklist program tailored for use by Californians. eBird has revolutionized the way that people can report and access information about birds. California eBird provides a quick and easy way for birders, citizens, and scientists to enter their bird observations into a common database accessible to those working to protect and restore habitats for birds in California.
Launched in 2002 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides scientists with rich data sources for basic information on numbers and distribution of birds across large geographic scales and throughout time. For citizens and birders, eBird provides on-line birding checklists to keep track of your observations at multiple sites, accessible at any time from your home computer. Bird sightings are safely stored in Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s database.
California eBird takes the standard eBird site and brings the user information specific to California. With this site, we hope to encourage more birders, students, citizens, and scientists to contribute bird sightings through eBird. This will help us learn more about bird distribution and abundance throughout the state. If you are looking for a place to make bird observations, we encourage you to select one of the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in California, keep track of your sightings, and enter your records (for a list of IBAs go to www.ca.audubon.org/iba ). Or, you can choose your own favorite birding site or “hot spot” using the interactive Google maps provided. We have added California habitat types so that you can provide information on the kinds of habitats you are birding in. You can also select any IBA site and learn about the birds others have seen at the site, times of year, abundances, and more. With your help, we can begin to paint a complete picture of how birds are distributed across the diverse California landscape and track what changes may be occurring in the future.
Visit the California eBird website: www.ebird.org/content/ca to read timely information on birds and birding news in California and try entering some bird data!