Coming up this weekend is eBird’s second installment of their wildly popular Global Big Day bird watching event. This year’s count takes place on May 14th, which also happens to be International Migratory Bird Day here in North America.
While for most birders, the Great Backyard Bird Count and Christmas Counts are always a big deal, Global Big Day is quickly dwarfing all other counts. The inaugural count held last year on May 9th was comprised of 14,000 people spread out across 135 countries. In total, over 6,000 species of birds were recorded during the 24-hour period, with over 290 species recorded in the United States alone.