Over the weekend, I was with a beginning birder that really wanted to see a Pileated Woodpecker. We weren’t out birding at the time, and there was no way for me to take her out to show her the bird since she was heading home to Michigan before we would have that opportunity. I wasn’t familiar with the birding locations in her area, but I really wanted to help her know where to go close to home so that she could find this awesome woodpecker. That’s when I turned to eBird in order to make some recommendations to her.
eBird is a citizen scientist based project run by The Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. Birders of all skill levels can enter their sightings into the system and can access the data to see what others are reporting. In addition to birders using the information to find birds they would like to see, researchers can use the data to study bird populations.
Here is a simple visual guide to finding this data on eBird.