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eBird is an online database of bird observations that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Birds NZ collaborated with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in May 2008 to create the NZ eBird portal.

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. For example, in 2006, participants reported more than 4.3 million bird observations across North America.

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.

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Read more about eBird and avifaunal monitoring by Birds New Zealand here

eBird has gone mobile!
You can enter your bird sightings on your smartphone by downloading the eBird app for Android or iOSForget about sitting at your computer – transform your bird sightings into eBird submissions and build your own lists while sharing your sightings – and while in the field!

NZ Bird Atlas
Birds New Zealand has embarked on the country’s largest ever citizen science project to map the distribution and abundance of New Zealand birds! Read more about the Atlas here or visit the NZ Bird Atlas Portal.