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Global Big Day

October 6, 2018

A Laughing Gull rests on a southern shoreline on Bonaire.

Get in on the action and count Bonaire’s birds!

How many birds can a world of birders find in one day? You can help answer that question on Global Big Day.

The May Global Big Day (May 5, 2018) found 29,866 people ventured outside in 170 countries, finding 6,963 species, These numbers equate to approximately two-thirds of the world’s bird species in just 24 hours! 1.6 million bird sightings by citizen scientists and avid birders worldwide were recorded on eBird.

Now you can be a part of the fun. All you have to do is spend a few minutes birding and eBird what you find.

Here are three quick ways to have the most fun:

  1. “Scout” your birding spots for Global Big Day. Finding where the birds are ahead of time makes the big day birding more fun, and also gives you more chances to be out enjoying birds. Perfect. Learn how to use eBird to find birds. 
  2. Use eBird Mobile. eBird’s free data-entry app takes the time out of data entry, with tools like Quick Entry that mean you have less time with your face in a notebook and more time birding. Try eBird Mobile.
  3. Get a friend involved. Perhaps this is a good birding buddy or someone who has never been birding before. Make it a friendly competition, or join forces as a Global Big Day team, and put your marker on the global participation map. Share on social media using #GlobalBigDay.


October 6, 2018
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