Have you ever noticed the ‘County’ tab or the ‘Total County Ticks’ summary of your lists in your My eBird summary and wondered why it was always full of zeroes for Australia?
We have just implemented Local Government Areas (LGAs) as reporting regions within eBird Australia, the equivalent of counties in the USA and UK. You should now notice those ‘County’ ticks populated for all of the areas you have added a list across Australia. If you go to ‘Your Profile’ you’ll be able to click on the map to zoom in and see a graphical representation of the same data. Read more…
At the recent 2016-17 Australasian Bird Fair, people who visited the eBird booth ranged from the simply curious to the devoted eBird contributor. Rainy weather couldn’t dampen the zeal of enthusiasts at this bird and wildlife extravaganza, and interest in learning more about eBird was high. Read more…
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages precise eBirding. When you go out, try keeping a few lists for your birding. If you get in the car, stop that checklist and start a new one when you get out at the next location. Check several locations to cover more […]
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will keep get you snapping photos and recording bird sounds. Every time you take a photo or hold out a microphone, you’re creating an incredibly powerful piece of data. Media help document records, provide resources for learning and education, and also pave the way for future eBird and birding tools like Merlin Photo ID. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists in September containing at least one photo or sound with a rating. Checklists must be for observations during this month; not historical checklists entered during September. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
Make plans now to come to the 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo. Set to be a grand event for nature lovers in the Australasian-Pacific region, you’ll find abundant opportunities to connect with others who share your passion for birds, wildlife, nature, and conservation. Some of the enticing opportunities on tap at the 2017 […]
The annual eBird taxonomy update IS NOW UNDERWAY. Work is still going in the background to update existing checklists, update maps etc., but the revised taxonomy should start to appear as you enter new checklists. It is worth having a look at which Australian species are being treated differently with the latest 2017 update. NEW SPECIES […]
The annual eBird taxonomy update IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY (Tuesday, 15 August). The process will continue for at least a couple days. We do this once a year to reflect the most recent changes in avian taxonomy: splits, lumps, name changes, and changes in the sequence of the species lists. You may notice some unusual behavior with your lists and other tools (see below), but this is nothing to worry about. The 2017 splits and lumps will be published very soon on this page. We will summarize these changes in an eBird story once the taxonomy update is complete.
eBird Mobile for Android took a big step forward this week: the ability to keep ‘tracks’ of where you eBird. Every time you start a checklist on eBird Android, you now have the option to keep a GPS track of where you walk for your traveling counts. The ‘tracks’ automatically calculate the distance traveled and time spent eBirding—all you have to do is watch birds! This is an important new chapter in eBird, opening the door for many exciting new future tools: improved research that can use the actual path you birded, eBird data outputs that can show the precise path of any given checklist, and much more. Plus, it makes your birding even easier. Try eBird Android today.
Have you ever uploaded a photo or audio recording to an eBird checklist, only to realize after the fact that it’s under the wrong species? Then you had to delete the photo from eBird, go back to your photo archive, and re-upload to the new species. Or if a reviewer notified you about an error on a checklist, just changing an observation could be a bit tricky as well—especially if you had notes, breeding codes, and age/sex information to move over to the new species. This all got a lot easier today: we are excited to announce a new and easy way to edit your checklists with the Change Species button on the checklist editing page. Go to “Manage My Checklists” and choose “Edit Species List” while viewing one of your eBird checklists to change any of your species.
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get our birding every day in one of the least-eBirded months of the year. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 31 eligible checklists during August. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. August is an interesting time in much of the world, when the boreal breeding season is ending and spring is beginning to think about returning to the southern reaches of our planet. Many birds are wandering from their normal habitats, and there’s a lot for us to learn about where and when birds occur. Shorebird migration is in full swing across the northern hemisphere and many passerines begin their migration in August too. Let’s get out and see what we can find in August!