If you already plan to be out photographing birds on Saturday, May 4, you might as well join the 30,000-plus birders who’ll be participating in The Cornell Lab’s free Global Big Day—a worldwide event where participants log bird species they spot throughout the day. During the 2018 event, more than 7,000 species were reported, and this year they hope to break that record.
Joining in on the fun is easy—simply go to ebird.org and create a free account. On May 4, go to your favorite bird photography spot, whether it’s a park, pond or your own backyard. Then, log the birds you see via the website or free eBird mobile app (after you capture your best shots, of course). Watch in real time as the sightings roll in. You may even discover some species to add to your bird photography bucket list.
Whether your goal is to photograph shorebirds or birds in flight, create some unique bird images for your portfolio or see what feathered friends you can find in your backyard, Global Big Day’s challenge adds a fun twist to your photo adventure.
Interested in learning more about different bird species? Our friends at BirdWatching have the scoop.