Research and conservation applications

eBird plays an increasingly important and diverse role in applied science and conservation. eBird data contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform research worldwide. Applications of eBird data range from research and monitoring to conservation planning, including tangible conservation actions such as site and habitat management, species management, habitat protection, and informing law and policy (Sullivan et al. 2017). Open access to eBird data is critical for these conservation actions and we are committed to ensuring that your data will be put to the best use possible for research, conservation, and education.

Tracking data use and tangible conservation actions is important for eBird. If you have used eBird data as a core component of an analysis or as a core dataset upon which conservation actions were taken, please let us know about it by email, using the subject title ‘eBird Data Use.’


Featured projects

In addition to eBird Regional Portals, we also work with groups around the world on specific applied projects.


When you submit a checklist to eBird, you make your observations available to the global community of researchers, educators, conservationists, birders, and anyone else with an interest in birds. These data are freely available for download here.