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Global Big Day 2023: A celebration of birds and biodiversity

Every year, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers from all around the world eagerly participate in an event known as Global Big Day. This event, organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird, encourages individuals of all ages and skill levels to spend a day in the great outdoors, celebrating the incredible diversity of birdlife and seeing as many birds as possible.

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Celebrating 10 years of birding adventures: A look back at Because Birds

From a humble Tumblr blog to a full-fledged website, Because Birds has come a long way over the last 10 years. In this blog post, I’ll take you on a journey through our evolution and share some of the most popular content that’s kept readers coming back for more. Join us for a celebration of all things birding!

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New Merlin Sound ID update: playback highlighting and iCloud backup

I’ve been a big proponent of the Merlin Bird ID app for several years. Developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Sound ID is a popular feature that uses artificial intelligence to identify bird species from their songs and calls. The latest update to the app brings new features that will make exploring your saved Sound ID recordings more fun and convenient.


Introducing my personal birdwatching wiki,

In 2022, I toyed with the idea of creating a wiki-like experience to organize and document anything related to birds and my hobby of birdwatching.

The first concept of was launched on Because Birds as the BirdDex.

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Events, News

Event: Free San Antonio Bird Walk – Pleasanton Trailhead 11/21/32

I’m leading a free bird walk for Bexar Audubon this Saturday at 8AM at the Pleasanton Trailhead.

This bird walk will start at Pleasanton Trailhead and go along the edge of Mitchell Lake and will give birders a chance to see forest birds, field birds, and water birds. Participation is open to all and no experience is required.