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This announcement is for your information and individual participation. It is not a SCAS Field Trip or Event. Note that this Free Course is available at any time but I scheduled it to coincide with the January eBirder of the Month contest. This course is provided by The Cornell Labs.
This January’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, can help eBirders of every experience level learn something new about eBird. The free, self-guided eBird Essentials course contains the fundamental information we think every eBirder should know— everything from best practices to time-saving tips and tricks.
The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who complete the eBird Essentials course and submit 1 or more eligible checklists in January. If you have already completed the course, just submit at least one checklist in January to qualify.
We recommend the course to everyone from beginning eBirders to long-time users. The step-by-step walk-throughs and video tutorials make using eBird a breeze. Don’t believe us? According to a recent survey, 82% of respondents reported an increase in eBirding confidence after taking the eBird Essentials course.
Check out these testimonials from course participants:
“I have been hesitant to begin using eBird, unsure how or where to begin. Thanks to this course I feel more confident on how to begin using the program.”
“Though I already use eBird regularly, this course explained details and features I wasn’t aware of. It also described the importance of details that I normally took for granted.”
Start with eBird Essentials today! https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/product/ebird-essentials/
The winner will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular and will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Each month we will feature a new eBird challenge and set of selection criteria. Now is the time to start submitting lists for the 2022 Checklist-a-day Challenge! https://ebird.org/news/2022-checklist-a-day-challenge
Find More Birds. Track Your Sightings. Join the Community!
Discover how eBird can support your passion for birds and how your participation can help us better understand them. Birder, bird watcher, or bird lover, it doesn’t matter—this course is for you. Whether you watch birds at your feeder or on the way to work, or travel miles for that one bird you can’t wait to see, eBird can help. This free course guides you through how to get the most out of your eBirding experiences and invites you to become a part of this worldwide project.
Explore how eBird can help spark new birding adventures
• Discover tools that help you find birds wherever you go
• Gain confidence submitting your sightings
• Get expert tips for using eBird and joining the community
Get up to speed on how the largest biological citizen-science program in the world can help you with your birding. The eBird community gathers more than 100 million bird sightings each year from people like you. Providing a powerful tool for motivated bird enthusiasts everywhere, eBird helps you find more birds and keep track of your sightings. Collectively, these sightings are now empowering a global scientific community and helping answer pressing conservation questions. Full of video tutorials, this course will get you ready to confidently store and share your sightings with eBird.
• Lessons inside: 5
• Topics inside: 14
• Quizzes inside: 1
• Completion time (estimated): 3 hours
• Instructional videos: 9
• Total instructional video time: 21 minutes
• Level: Beginner
• Categories: Bird Identification, Art and Technical Skills
• Regionality: Anywhere – Non-regional
• CEU credits: 0.3 (optional additional purchase)
• Self-paced, no expiration date, 100% online
For more information go to https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/product/ebird-essentials/
Barred Owl Photo by Val Alm
Join Bert and Val Alm for a special trip to Colombia in 2022. This is not being provided by Space Coast Audubon Society, we are just making you aware of this opportunity. Bert, SCAS Field Trip Director, is the leader for this trip provided by Holbrook Travel. This trip is limited to 10 participants.
With over 1,900 avian species—more than any other country in the world—Colombia is a birder’s paradise waiting to be discovered. This 9-day program with Bert Alm from Space Coast Audubon focuses on the highlights of the Central Andes region, famed for its high level of species diversity, including the Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Rio Blanco Reserve, and Los Nevados National Park. Explore Andean cloud forest, farmland, and páramo habitats in search of an array of tropical avifauna, including flycatchers, hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans, and more. Throughout your journey, meet members of local communities and learn about conservation efforts to use birding as a sustainable development resource.
* Seek out a variety of Colombia’s rare and endemic species, such as the Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Crested Ant-Tanager, and Buffy Helmetcrest.
* Explore the cloud forest at a relatively new birding location, La Finca El Cortaderal, where a population of critically endangered Fuertes’s Parrot was discovered.
* Watch the antpitta feeders in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, a designated Important Bird Area, and look for large mixed flocks in this area.
* Meet with members of the Yarumo Blanco Foundation and learn about their involvement with Audubon’s guide training and the development of the Central Andes Birding Trail.
Land Cost is $2,875 per person and does not include round-trip airfare to and from the destination. The single room supplement is $455. Final Payments are due by Nov 13, 2021.
For more information including the Itinerary, Pricing, Travel Info, and Resources go to https://holbrook.travel/spacecoast-co22
For more information send your questions to Bert Alm at [masked] or contact our Holbrook Specialty Travel Consultant Debbie Jordan at[masked] or [masked].
If you heard about our Costa Rica trip in February 2020, you know this will be another great expedition.
Featured Photo: Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Debbie Jordan