The Beaver Island Birding Trail supports eBird a real-time, online checklist web sitewhich has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds.
eBird was launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It has amassed one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. For example, in March 2013, participants reported more than 33 million bird observations across North America!
The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then makes these observations available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time, these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.
The Beaver Island Birding Trail's goal is to facilitate the collection of information through useful tools such as eBird.org, our smartphone compatible website for easy access, and several other e-initiatives that are currently in development. We welcome all active birders to join in, help build our knowledge base and participate in citizen science on the ground. We can’t do it without you!