Global Big Day

With tens of thousands of participants worldwide, the Global Big Day hosted by the Ornithology Lab of Cornell University in New York, U.S.A., is the largest and most important event for birdwatching and citizen science! Its main goal is to observe as many birds as possible within a 24-hour period and gather the observations in the eBird database managed by the Cornell Lab so that scientists can use the data to improve our understanding of population trends and migratory movements.

This year's date:

May 8, 2021

How to Participate

It's very easy to participate in the Global Big Day! Just follow these steps:

1. Create a free account at

www.eBird.org is a digital platform maintained by the Ornithology Laboratory of Cornell University, U.S.A., which encourages public participation in gathering bird observations. The data is used by scientists to establish population tends and migratory movements of birds.

2. Download the eBird app on your cell phone

The application is available to download through Google Play and App Stores.

3. Observe birds on the day of the event!

Include all of the birds you see or hear in your checklists. For more specific information regarding how to record your observations, click here: eBird rules and best practices

4. Submit your observations in eBird

Upload as many lists as possible during the 24 hours of the event! For more information regarding how to submit your lists through the app, click here: Submit via eBird mobile

Number of species observed in Panama during the Global Big Day in previous years

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During the Global Big Day last year, 862 participants reported 642 species and submitted 3.375 lists!

Common Birds in Panama

Are you curious to know what bird species you might see during the count? Did you see a bird you did not recognize? With more than 1,000 species that have been seen in Panama, it can sometimes be difficult to identify what you seen. This task can be much easier, however, if you familiarize yourself with the most common species that you are likely to encounter.

The image slider below contains photos of 80 common birds in Panama; feel free to use the arrows on the sides or the dots underneath to navigate through them. Each photos includes the common name in Spanish (top), scientific name (center), and common name in English (bottom) if you are interested in looking up more information about them.

The image slider below contains photos of 80 common birds in Panama; feel free to swipe or use the dots underneath to navigate through them. Each photos includes the common name in Spanish (top), scientific name (center), and common name in English (bottom) if you are interested in looking up more information about them.

If the images are difficult to see, you can download a PDF version of the photos by clicking here: PDF
 

 

With images by: Carloz Cruz, Manlio Cuevas, Juan Carlos Arracera Rafael González, Marcel Rodríguez, Jane Aguilar, Alexis Aparecio, Lyn Ryan, Mey Cantillano and Guillermo Arosema

Common Birds in Panama

 

With images by: Carloz Cruz, Manlio Cuevas, Juan Carlos Arracera Rafael González, Marcel Rodríguez, Jane Aguilar, Alexis Aparecio, Lyn Ryan, Mey Cantillano and Guillermo Arosema