Welcome to the Flying Pintails Global Big Day Team Page!
Our team is participating in the Global Big Day of Birding (May 8th, 2021). This fundraiser is organized by BirdsCaribbean, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of Caribbean birds and nature through science, education, conservation, and advocacy.
Back by popular demand, the Flying Pintails are ready to take on the competition again this year!
Our fundraiser focuses on the energy, excitement, and comradery that's associated with Global Big Day, happening on May 8th, 2021.
Please consider joining our team, or donating to our cause. And of course, be sure to put Global Big Day on your calendar for May 8th, and spend some quality time looking for and enjoying birds!*
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 a 24-hr period of time.
All proceeds from this fundraiser are going towards a really great cause—BirdsCaribbean's new initiative: the Caribbean Motus Collaboration. This project will provide vital information on the movements of birds and help us to identify the most important sites and habitats for their conservation.
It will also engage youth and communities to learn about birds through this exciting new technology, and how they can help conserve them. This work is critical for keeping our birds in flight for future generations to enjoy!
I invite you to join my Flying Pintails team.
You can bird as part of my team from your own backyard or birding hotspots, and ask your family and friends to support your efforts with a donation. Or, you can donate directly to my team. There is a friendly competition and prizes for the teams that raise the most money, so please help out.
This will be a fun event for a great cause. THANK YOU for getting involved in any way you can!
P.S. My team is named after the duck I studied many years ago in the Bahamas for my Ph.D.—the White-cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail. The Flying Pintail was the name of my beloved little Zodiac boat that I used to zip around the islands and cays to survey and study my ducks.
Research by me and others has shown the importance of offshore cays to nesting pintails and other ducks, like the endangered West Indian Whisting-Duck, as well as seabirds, pigeons and doves. This has led to protection and restoration of a number of offshore islands and cays throughout the islands, giving Caribbean birds a huge boost!!! Science is important - let's support it through this fundraiser! Thanks again!
P.P.S. Last year, our Flying Pintail was AWESOME!!! We have stayed in touch and ready to have fun again this year. We hope more people will join our team!!!
As described on the main campaign page, we will all submit our bird observations to eBird or eBirdCaribbean. That way, we can tally up the species seen by each team and contribute to science and conservation on Global Big Day. Prizes will be awarded for the teams that see the most species, the most endemics, the country team with the most birds seen (controlling for differences in the number of species on each island, etc. Stay tuned for more details to come!
*While COVID is decreasing in some islands and more and more people are getting vaccinated, it’s still important to be cautious. Be sure to choose birding locations that (1) comply with your municipality’s COVID-19 safety guidelines (i.e. social distancing, wearing a mask, and travel guidelines), and (2) comply with your personal safety preferences. And so whether you will be birding at local parks, reserves, wetlands, beaches, neighborhood, or backyard, we will all be enjoying the opportunity to get outside and relish our beautiful birds. Additionally, we will all be birdwatching “together” for a great cause that unites us!