Birding Aboard

Focus Your Binoculars and Cameras on Seabirds

You are the “eyes on the water” for bird conservation… please contribute your sightings to the “SeaBC” Sea Bird Count and make your ocean sightings a part of something larger.

The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a group of long-distance birding sailors from around the world, inspired by popular, long-standing land-based counts such as Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and the Census Bird Count (CBC) in the U.K. All data goes to eBird <>, a worldwide resource for scientists and conservation groups. BirdLife International estimates one-third of seabirds are now vulnerable or globally endangered, due to threats from predators on nesting grounds, some fisheries practices, and marine pollution such as plastics.

You don't need to be an expert to participate! We encourage mariners to simply take digital photos of birds seen en route and note the latitude-longitude. We'll help you identify and report your sightings to eBird. We also have materials for kids aboard to participate and encourage rally organizers to promote the event.

Please join the count and contribute much-needed information about pelagic birds and migrating songbirds!

     What We Do

Let’s mobilize the worldwide boating community to appreciate and document their bird sightings. Long-distance cruisers can provide seldom-recorded data… Read More…

     Get Involved

There are many ways to participate: on your own boat, in a group with a long-distance rally, or as a researcher thumbing a boat ride. Read More…


Want tips on field guides or apps? Onboard cameras? Identifying seabirds? Reporting to eBird? Homeschooling? Read More…