Introducing eBird Hotspots Explorer

Drew Weber|

eBird just released an awesome new feature that really lets you figure out great places to bird, as well as giving us new ways to look at our favorite birding spots. Hotspots Explorer is epic!

The first view shows a heat map, where you can see which areas of the world have the highest diversity. Not surprisingly, the coast is all bright red. You can zoom in to get more details and clicking on a colored square will give you the total number of species seen in that area and the option to zoom in to see specific hotspots.

When you use the Hotspot Explorer you can limit the hotspots to those that have sightings in the last week, or month, or choose to see them all. The color of the pins will show how many species have been reported there. You can also limit the map to the current year, or to any month to see the best hotspots around.

When you click on a hotspot, you get the number of species and checklists submitted for that hotspot. Click on View Details and you can see a whole host of new stats that are sure to excite birders. There is a list of birds by the most recent date they were seen, links to the last months checklists, and the top eBirders for each site (let the competitions begin again!).

About the Author

Drew Weber


Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers. Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is Project Coordinator for the Merlin Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert.

  • Wow, another awesome (and free!) feature from eBird! I love being able to view everyone’s combined data so easily. It would be cool to overlay species range maps onto the hotspots map and see where to try for particular species throughout the year…..