Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia

Making It Count

Almost all birders make lists and records of some kind that are usually kept either for personal use or to share with a relatively small group of fellow birders. allows you to contribute your sightings to a growing corpus of data that makes a contribution to our understanding of birds.

We reproduce below the way in which Ebird describes itself. We encourage our guests to sign up for an Ebird account and then make all their sightings here in Toledo available to other birders and researchers online.

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Global tools for birders, critical data for science

  • Record the birds you see
  • Keep track of your bird lists
  • Explore dynamic maps and graphs
  • Share your sightings and join the eBird community
  • Contribute to science and conservation


A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. For example, in May 2015, participants reported more than 9.5 million bird observations across the world!

The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these observations with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.

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