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Overcome Those Fears: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Your Checklists

Don't be worry about student checklists. Practice makes perfect, and they have all the skills they need to do it!

Even the most experienced birders express apprehension about their eBird checklists. So, it’s not surprising that teachers worry about their students’ data – they often wonder, what if the data is not good enough for the eBird database? What if something goes wrong? What if a species is misidentified? What if the date of the sighting is entered incorrectly? These are understandable concerns, given that most students are new to birding and that scientists and people around the world rely on the quality of the data. Without question, the accuracy of eBird data is important, but it shouldn’t keep you up at night. Professionals at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have designed the eBird program to evaluate the vast amount of data entered each year, and you have the tools to help your students make the cut, every time.