How I Twitch Using eBird


Busily foraging among the shorebirds was fun, but flying down the beach for some free popcorn sounded even better to the gull - offering me a nice flyby photo opportunity! (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Some time ago, I did a half-day trip and drove cross-state to score a regional rarity. The target bird was a juvenile White Ibis at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in SE Michigan. In this post, I’d like to highlight the way I prepare for a twitch like this one, and explain how I used eBird data to make my …


A Photo Guide to Birders



Help us caption these photos! The pursuit of rare birds can frequently lead to amusing scenes. I have captioned the photos but would love to see what you can come up with, let us know in the comments!

How to put Google Maps in eBird Species Comments


You’re probably getting excited…  Google Maps in eBird checklists??  Yes, it’s real! Here’s an example: But before I let you in on how to do this, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Zachary DeBruine, a Hope College, MI Biochemistry major, also an on-the-side eBird-affiliated web developer (check out my website: www.birdventurebirding.com), a classical organist/pianist, and a birder. In the past, …