eBird yearlong challenge


ebirding yearlong challenge logoSince April 2014, the Bird Count India partnership has been running a series of monthly eBirding challenges. The reason? To inject a little bit of extra fun and friendly competition into our birding activities, while generating useful information on bird distribution and abundance from our collective efforts.

This page describes the different flavours of yearlong challenges, to supplement the monthly challenges. Are you game?

2017

The yearlong challenges for 2017 are very similar to those of the previous year — except we challenge birders to bird a bit more often, travel a little further and look for birds for longer! Here are the categories:

  • The prolific eBirder: more than 365 eligible lists (15 min or longer, effort-based and ‘complete’ icon_tooltip) in the year.
  • The consistent eBirder: at least two eligible lists in each week of the year. Jan 1-7 is the first week, and so on. The extra days at the end of the year are combined into the last full week, so that last ‘week’ will have 9 days (ie, the last week is Dec 23-31).
  • The adventurous eBirder: will have at least three eligible lists from each of least 20 different districts.
  • The faithful eBirder: will have at least 150 eligible lists from a single location.
  • The dedicated eBirder: will have racked up at least 365 hours in total while birding, across complete, effort-based lists of ANY duration.
  • The eBirder of the year: will have been an eBirder of the month for at least 9 of the 12 months of 2016.

These challenges are designed such that at least one of the targets should be within reach of most birders — for example if you travel a lot, then the adventurous eBirder challenge might be for you; or if you hardly travel at all, then the faithful eBirder challenge might suit you. If you upload a relatively small number of long-duration lists, then the dedicated eBirder challenge is for you; but if you like to upload lots of short-duration lists, the prolific eBirder challenge should be within your reach. Of course, you may be able to meet the targets of several of these challenges, not just one!

The names of those who meet the targets of each of these different challenges will be announced in Jan 2018. From among each group, one name will be drawn at random to receive a small gift in appreciation; a maximum of one per person. Please remember to upload all your 2017 lists by 15 Jan 2018.

And if you just want to bird each day, then do remember to register for and take part in the Last Birder Standing challenge! Very simply, starting 1 Jan 2017, create at least one birdlist (of at least 3 minutes duration) every day, for as many days as you can manage. More details on the link.

Good luck!


2016

Winners Update

Congratulations to the individual category winners for 2016, whose names have been added below, and see the full results of the 2016 challenge to find out which categories you hit the targets for!

Here are the categories for 2016:

  • The prolific eBirder: more than 365 eligible lists (15 min or longer, effort-based and ‘complete’ icon_tooltip) in the year.
    Winner: Hari Kumar
  • The consistent eBirder: at least two eligible list in each week of the year. Jan 1-7 is the first week, and so on. The extra days at the end of the year are combined into the last full week, so that last ‘week’ will have 9 days (ie, the last week is Dec 23-31).
    Winner: Renju TR
  • The adventurous eBirder: will have at least four eligible lists from each of least 25 different districts.
    Winner: Panchapakesan Jeganathan
  • The faithful eBirder: will have at least 150 eligible lists from a single location.
    Winner: Ashwin Viswanathan
  • The dedicated eBirder: will have racked up at least 300 hours in total while birding, across complete, effort-based lists of ANY duration.
    Winner: Vikas Madhav Nagarajan
  • The eBirder of the year: will have been an eBirder of the month for at least 10 of the 12 months of 2016.
    Winner: Vidhya Sundar

2015

Winners Update: the names of the winning birders within each individual challenge are included below. Congratulations to them, and to those who met the targets but were not lucky enough to be randomly selected as a winner! Read more about how the challenges went in 2015.

There are 6 different kinds of annual targets to aim for in 2015:

  • The prolific eBirder: more than 200 eligible lists (15 min or longer, effort-based and ‘complete’ icon_tooltip) in the year.
    Winner: T R Shankar Raman
  • The consistent eBirder: at least one eligible list in each week of the year. Jan 1-7 is the first week, and so on. The extra days at the end of the year are combined into the last full week, so that last ‘week’ will have 8 days (ie, the last week is Dec 24-31).
    Winner: Dr George P J
  • The adventurous eBirder: will have at least two eligible lists from each of least 15 different districts.
    Winner: Anish Aravind
  • The faithful eBirder: will have at least 100 eligible lists from a single location.
    Winner: Manju Sinha
  • The dedicated eBirder: will have racked up at least 200 hours in total while birding, across complete, effort-based lists of ANY duration.
    Winner: Ronit Dutta
  • The eBirder of the year: will have been an eBirder of the month for at least 10 of the 12 months of 2015.
    (NB: this was actually 9 out of 11 months, as the December challenge had no specific target)
    Winner: Ganeshwar S V

The names of those who meet the targets of each of these different challenges will be announced in Jan 2016. From among each group, one name will be drawn at random to receive a small gift in appreciation; a maximum of one per person.

Important: Here is some general information on the eBirding challenges we run. If you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at the Beginner’s Guide.