On Saturday May 14, 2022, the Spring Global Big Day returns. For those of you who don’t know, Big Day is an unofficial international birding day, encouraging everyone to go out and bird. We are no strangers to Big Day, and encourage you to celebrate the holiday by going birding. You can go birding everywhere, from the wilderness to your own backyard feeders. Our Pelican article about Fall Big Day 2021 is included below as an example.
This year, we are hosting a mini-marathon field trip on Big Day. On this field trip, we will be taking you to 3 different birding hotspots within Reno. This trip is free and open to everyone, especially families. Click below to learn more about this field trip and register for the trip.
The Big Day holiday was first proposed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology through eBird; their bird observation sharing site. Coincidentally, eBird celebrates its 20th anniversary this May! During its time eBird has seen many milestones, from its humble beginnings during the early phase of the internet to becoming a global community science project with over 1 billion bird observations! Click below to see more about the history of eBird:
We at Lahontan Audubon Society are no strangers to eBird, as we have our own Chapter account; which we use to create field trip reports and showcase bird checklists shared from our community. If you do go birding yourselves, we encourage you to share your observations with us. If you are on eBird, you can share your checklists with us; our chapter’s eBird username is “lasbirdinggroup”. If you are not on eBird, that is fine, you can keep a checklist and send us your checklist to our email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sharing the final results as a field trip report later this month.
For more information, check out the Spring Global Big Day website. For tips about birding for beginners or submitting checklists on eBird, click the button below to watch our instructional playlist on YouTube.
Good luck and happy birding!