Using eBird for science

Interested in using eBird data scientifically? Here are our key tips and tricks.

Accessing raw eBird data

Download raw data here

Once you have the data in hand, the R package auk can be used to extract and prepare eBird data for analysis.  Learn about auk here.

Analyzing raw eBird data

eBird data bring a number of challenges for analysis and it is important to consider how the data are generated when using them for analysis. We outline best practices for analyzing eBird data in this paper. Don’t forget to look at the appendices! We also provide R code for producing species distributions with eBird here: Many of the principles outlined here apply to other analyses with eBird and other citizen science datasets.

Accessing and Analyzing Status and Trends Data Products

eBird Status and Trends data products include estimates of species ranges, abundances, and environmental associations for over 100 species in North America. These data products are hosted by Amazon Web Services Open Data program at

We also provide the R package ebirdst to help access, manipulate, and analyze these data.