Keeping a list of birds isn’t for everyone and isn’t a requirement for enjoying birds. But checklists are one of the grand traditions of birding.
“As soon as you recognize the common birds, you will begin to keep lists of species you see,” Herbert Zim and Ira Gabrielson state matter-of-factly in the 1949 Golden Guide to Birds.
In that spirit we are taking to our yards, neighborhood streets and really any available green space at all for today’s Global Big Day, a date that coincides with the Illinois Spring Bird Count. Submissions today to the eBird database will help us better understand population trends in a year when some hotspots will be undercounted. And in Cook County, the day may end with the highest number of checklists in the country.
As soon as you recognize the common birds, you may not begin to keep lists of species you see. But today is a good day to make an exception. Start by entering your sightings into eBird—it takes just a few minutes.
View our suggestions for participating today
Here is some local media coverage of today’s Global Big Day:
The Mike Nowak Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D_bakLGw4I
Please adhere to social distancing guidelines while looking for birds.