Join the Dark-eyed Junkies for the 2020 Global Big Day!
Let’s crush the friendly competition :D
Our team is named after the Dark-eyed Junco, a North American species encountered occasionally in the Caribbean. Sounds a little familiar. It's also a ubiquitious 'birb' that has gotten many people into birding. The runner-up team name was a slightly salacious spin on White-breasted Thrasher, an Endangered songbird from the Caribbean islands of St Lucia and Martinique, and the subject of my M.S., Ph.D., and ongoing research. Photos on this page star the White-breasted Thrasher and other St Lucian endemics (beautiful photos of perched birds by G. Kramer).
How to participate in Global Big Day
Click 'Join' on this page and you will officially be a part of the team (& you can help fundraise thereafter if you wish). You will need an Ebird account & should plan to submit observations to eBird (or eBird Caribbean). This guarantees that your observations can be used for citizen science. Visit here for a guide on how to use eBird. Please contact me if you need help setting up an account. More info on how we'll compile team lists to come.
Global Big Day is an annual event in which birders, often in teams, travel around an area trying to observe as many bird species as they can in 24-hrs. BirdsCaribbean has created a fundraiser that brings us all "together" on virtual teams to engage in competition to (1) collectively see the most species of birds on Global Big Day and (2) raise the most funds.
How your donations will be used (if you choose to donate)
Besides having fun birding, we're participating in this event for a great cause... Conserving birds and habitats throughout the Caribbean depends in large part on science—investigating causes of species decline that can then inform management and conservation actions. To share that science, our community of researchers depends on the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology (JCO).
Funds raised during this event will support JCO (which I've published in and now work for), a free, peer-reviewed journal (published in three languages!) that has helped scientists share their research findings for >30 years! These findings, in turn, are what inform avian conservation and management.
Can I tell everyone I know? YES! Use the handy 'Share' button to the right if you want.
Do I really have to bird all day? No way! You can bird for any length of time you wish, as little as 10 minutes to all day.
Do I need to be an expert birder? Of course not!
What about naming adorable baby birds? Yes, anyone who donates at least $10 to the Junkies will get naming rights to an Eastern Bluebird nestling and will receive an awesome commemorative certificate :D
Given the safety concerns the COVID-19 virus presents for doing Global Big Day counts, we recommend that you bird in your backyard. If it is safe to go out on May 9th be sure to choose birding locations that (1) comply with your municipality’s COVID-19 safety guidelines (i.e. social distancing and travel guidelines), and (2) comply with your personal safety preferences. And so whether you we will be birding at a local park, within your own backyards, or from your bedroom windows, we will all be enjoying the opportunity to distract ourselves with some safe, fun birdwatching.