Ah, Cinco de Mayo—a day traditionally filled with margaritas and celebration… and migrating birds! Global Big Day is May 5! Set aside the cocktail shakers and grab your binoculars and get out there to spot some birds—and don’t forget to record and report your sightings on eBird for Cornell Lab of Ornithology so they can monitor migration patterns. (This includes the number of each species you find—will you have one Acorn Woodpecker or twelve? Cornell Lab of Ornithology wants to know!) You can of course bird independently, but if you want to be a part of the citizen science program collecting valuable migrant data, you will need to contact the coordinator for your county. Coordinators oversee assigning groups or individuals to specific areas to ensure the best overall coverage and to prevent overlap—and if you don’t have eBird and don’t want to register on it to report the data you collect, they can report your data on eBird for you! Ask yourself how you want to spend Cinco de Mayo: Do you want to hike around (while looking for birds), sit in a lawn chair in your yard enjoying the beautiful spring weather (while looking for birds), or maybe you want run out to your favorite spot on your lunch hour or after work (while looking for birds)? Whichever it is, you can help cover the region and report data—just let your coordinator know!
Trevor Hinckley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-967-1157
Rich Armstrong, email@example.com, 928-282-3675
-by Amy Zimmermann