eBird – http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
eBird is now the way that the birding community records and submits birding observations. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides on line community for submitting, preserving, and accessing birding data. It is both free and easy to use and is used by both amateur and experienced birders. Interfaced with Google Earth, it allows data to be stored and retrieved by exact location. Not only can scientists access your data, but you can retrieve data for any area or species. Once you register (a simple process), you will have a “My eBay” folder online where you can review your own data submissions and keep track of birds you have seen by county, state, month, and year.
To “eBird”, you should:
- Record any species you can positively identify.
- Record the frequency (number) of each species seen.
- Document the time you began and how long you were observing. It is more beneficial to bird one area for a longer period of time than to hit several locations quickly. You are more likely to get an accurate representation of the species in an area if you take longer at one spot.
- Record the location (latitude and longitude or location on a map).
- Know the area of the location you sampled or the length of the trail or road you sampled. Start with your yard, or if viewing from your home, dock, feeder, or window, you can simply do a “stationary” count.
eBird also allows you to share data with others you are birding with, to submit breeding codes for possible, probable, or confirmed breeding, to graph data, and to download and print data.
The links under this heading will help you with various aspects of eBird. With eBird, you will now be linked to the scientific and birding world. Even though you may consider yourself an amateur (we all begin at that point), your observations can be a valuable contribution. Your one observation may seem insignificant, but when combined with millions of other observations, it can allow scientists to paint a picture of how a particular species is doing, what it’s range is, and how its success and migration might be impacted by habitat and environmental changes.
Step 1 – Register
You will need a user name, password, and email (yours or a parent’s). The site is secure, and only you can access your information.
Click here to go to the eBird Registration Page.
The website is divided into 5 basic parts:
- Home – Sign in and latest updates/news/links
- About eBird – This section contains answers to any questions you could possibly have, suggestions for collecting better data, and hints to help you with your eBirding.
- Submit Observations – Here you can input your data. You will be able to enter data by entering latitude and longitude or by finding it on a map of your county. Once you name a location, you can then retrieve it from your own list of locations each time.
- View and Explore Data – In this section you can retrieve data, graph it, see how your data stacks up against others in your county, see the arrival and departure dates for migratory species, and numerous other tasks.
- My eBird – This is your personal section of eBird where you can view, edit, print, share or download your observations. You’ll see your life list, a summary of all your observations, data that has been shared with you, and a breakdown of all your species seen by location.