Oregon Birding Where Nobody’s Looked

These maps show Oregon places where birders have submitted lists to the world’s largest public database for bird observations (eBird.org) as of July 2019.  This only includes reports where birders indicated they were reporting all species they could identify.  The larger the “blank spaces” between points on any map, the greater the mystery of what birds occur there.  By stopping to bird in some of these areas (provided access and safety allow) and entering the observations into eBird, birders may contribute more to improving knowledge of Oregon bird distributions and habitat preferences than by birding only in places previously visited.

Coverage of larger blank spaces contributes the most, but even birding along streets, roads, and trails close to previously covered points is helpful.  Those are best viewed by zooming in to a map (which optionally can be seen on a smartphone), and then driving there, finding a safe place to park, walking for several minutes, and using the eBird app to enter what is seen or heard.

Note that some previously visited points are on private land; it should not be inferred that access is currently allowed without landowner permission.

– Paul Adamus, October 2019