January 30, 2018

February 2018 eBirding Challenge

ebirding challenge logo 800pxWhile we are all busy finishing up uploading our waterbird counts for the January challenge, the exciting month of February is upon us! As you know, every February brings the Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide birding event in which tens of thousands of people take part.

Bird Count India has been coordinating the GBBC in India since 2013, and we’re happy to report that participation is going from strength to strength. Last year, for example, over 1,400 Indian birders uploaded 11,800 lists during the GBBC, documenting 825 species!

This year the dates for the GBBC are 16-19 February. You can see more details here, including of a sister event — the Campus Bird Count.

Why all this detail about the GBBC? It’s to explain the background to this month’s eBirding challenge, which is Twenty20 lists: upload at least 20 eligible lists during the four days of the GBBC (16-19 Feb), and another 20 eligible lists in the other twenty-four days of February. Eligible lists are effort-based lists, of at least 15 min durationicon_tooltip.

Please upload all your lists by 5 March 2018 so that we can announce the results on 6 March.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges for 2018 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India at this page.

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at our quick-start infographic and also the more comprehensive Beginner’s Guide.

Header Image: Spotted Owlets by Abhijeet Avate/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab
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