What is eBird? It’s a real-time online checklist program that has changed how the birding community reports and uses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides basic information on bird abundance and distribution at various scales. In March 2012, participants reported more than 3.1 million bird observations across North America!

This program allows the birder to record species observed on an online checklist and then to share the sightings with a global community. The information collected from this checklist gives scientists and birders alike the opportunity to contribute to science and education. Remember, many important initiatives for bird conservation were started as a result of local birders noting declines in songbirds. The eBird initiative allows us to document and share our knowledge in a much broader more dynamic scale.

Please sign-in to eBird and help us document bird sightings in our area.  If you glance at other areas that regularly use eBird to document sightings, it is evident that not enough people are contributing in the Bighorn Mountains region.  If you need help, contact us so we can provide guidance. Please add to the knowledge base that will guide Audubon’s efforts in understanding and planning for the changes in bird distribution that are currently occurring.