Year Of The Bird!
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” The Year of the Bird will celebrate the wonder of our feathered friends and provide an opportunity for people everywhere to recommit themselves to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Through 12 months of storytelling, science, and conservation, Year of the Bird will examine how our changing environment is driving dramatic losses among bird species around the globe and highlight what we can do help reverse this negative trend. To kick-start the effort, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International are combining their resources to create a Year of the Bird website and are committed to creating print and digital content to help engage the public throughout the year. We are reaching out to you to be part of this effort and to help us rally local and worldwide awareness and support for birds and their habitats in the coming year.
Citizen Science & Educational Outreach
BIRDLINK installations are hubs for community events. They host educational programming in ecology and science, and activate locations for art and performance events. BIRDLINK’s earthy re-used construction materials contrast the embedded sound recordings, and signage alerts people to free mobile apps facilitating citizen science and bird and plant identification.
Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations in their work to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change.
Merlin Bird ID App
Take a walk with Merlin Merlin Bird ID app - it identifies more than 650 U.S. and Canada birds, and comes with photos, maps, and sounds. Download it and head out for a short, head-clearing walk each morning or evening.
Keep a daily list — and share it! eBird provides a handy way to keep all your sightings in one place: upload photos and sounds to remind you of what you found, while the data you enter helps scientists understand bird populations.