eBird will not be available from November 17th to 19th

Over the past year, eBird developers have worked hard to update our entire database of tools, resources, and nearly a billion bird sightings. To complete this update, our servers must be taken offline for a maintenance period.

eBird will no longer be available from 5:00 p.m. ET on November 17 through 8:00 a.m. ET on November 19. Other affected services are: eBird APIs, Birds of the World, Bird Academy, Merlin Bird ID and the Macaulay Library. Also, you will not be able to access programs that require you to log into your Cornell Lab account during the outage.

After the maintenance period has ended, no significant changes should be made to the eBird functionality. However, with this update we can bring you exciting new features in the near future!

What can I do if eBird is not available?

Keep checklists with eBird Mobile. If you download the free eBird Mobile app before November 17th, you can start the eBird Mobile checklists during the downtime and submit them as soon as eBird is back online. Find out how to get eBird Mobile here.

Get out and bird watch! In addition to the “eBirder of the Month” challenge for November, every eligible checklist with a start time between 8:00 AM ET on November 17 and 8:00 AM ET on November 19 offers the chance to win Zeiss Terra binoculars. To enter, use your preferred method of keeping lists (eBird Mobile, pen and paper, etc.) during the planned 48-hour downtime period and submit them when eBird is back online. Enter the checklists by November 25th to take your chance of winning.

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Watch them Cornell Lab Bird Cams for live recording of finches in Canada, tanagers in Panama and albatross in New Zealand. Check out the video highlights for some special guest appearances!

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View archived live lectures From Merlin tips and tricks to natural history films to BirdCast and the assignment of migrations with eBird and much more.

Take part in us for live events

Birding Live on November 17th at 8 a.m.CET. Experience live action with bird watchers from around the world!

Live eBird Q&A on Nov 17th at 12:00 PM ET. Now is the time to ask the eBird staff all of your burning questions. Register now for eBird Live Q&A.

Live Q&A from the Macaulay Library on November 18 at 9 a.m. ET. Ask an archivist about sound recordings and archiving of your recordings. Register now for Macaulay Library Live Q&A.

Share your experiences with “Life without eBird” and #eBirdLife. What do you do for 48 hours without an eBird? What do you like best about eBird and the Macaulay Library? Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #eBirdLife

Find out about previous editions of Living Bird magazine– full of content and compelling stories to help you appreciate birds even more.

Visit All About Birds Find answers to frequently asked questions about bird watching, as well as species reports, comparisons, and fun facts for North American birds.

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