Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia

Project Life List

Project Life List gives direction to my birding and bird photography. I’ve seen and photographed a lot of birds in a lot of places – 393 different bird species in 29 states and 3 countries as of November 2021. That’s a whopping 3.62% of all known species in the world. Yes, only 3.62%. That means I have another 10,449 or so species to go. And that is the goal of Project Life List – to see and photograph every known species of bird in the world. It’s a goal, it’s a lofty goal, but a goal none the less. In an effort to turn this into bite-sized chunks, my short-term plan is to bird every state in the US. With any luck I’ll complete that task by 2022. After that I begin visiting and revisiting countries I’ve either never been, or have been, but before my interest in birds. And how do I track my progress? Aside from an Excel spreadsheet that is 10,842 rows by 15 columns, I use eBird. eBird is part of a larger project hosted by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. It catalogs birds, tracks migration patterns, population trends etc., and much of it is from data provided through the citizen science program eBird. Participants go looking for birds, then record what they find through the eBird app. That information is then contributed to a gigantic database and researched and verified by much more qualified people than me. For my fellow eBirders, you can view my eBird profile here. Anyone else wishing to see it will need to sign up for an eBird account. If you’ve ever had an interest in birding, it’s a fantastic way to get started. Below is a sample of just some of the birds I’ve seen. Click on any of them to head over to my bird gallery to see even more.

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