eBird is a a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
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 is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence.
The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these observations with 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.
eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird site there are several regional portals, which provide local information and birding expertise. This includes a portal for the Caribbean region. When visiting the Caribbean or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check this site. These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into the main eBird site, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa).