Birding Aboard is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of long-distance birding sailors from around the world.
Our mission is to benefit seabird conservation by mobilizing the worldwide boating community to document ocean bird sightings, providing critical and seldom-recorded data on seabird abundance and distribution and on ocean migration routes.
Seabird knowledge is described as a frontier science. For some species, breeding or wintering areas remain unknown. This lack of knowledge is troubling given that BirdLife International estimates that one-third of seabirds are vulnerable or globally endangered due to threats from predators on nesting grounds, some fisheries, and plastics.
Individual boaters can help by reporting and documenting their sightings, which are archived with the eBird global database for use by scientists and conservationists.