Uploading Spring/Summer Bird Counts

By NZ Bird Atlas Team December 5, 2019
Bird counts provide valuable datasets to the NZ Bird Atlas

Photo by Dan Burgin

With spring now past and into the beginning of the summer period, many individuals and groups will be carrying out their annual bird counts. If you are someone who is partaking in bird counts or monitoring, then we welcome and encourage you to share that data with the New Zealand Bird Atlas. Your data can not only contribute to monitoring your local bird populations but also make a significant contribution towards mapping national and regional patterns of bird distribution and abundance across the entire country. We would be interested in talking to anyone with large datasets of complete checklists so please do just get in touch with us at nzbirdatlas@wmil.co.nz

Five-minute bird counts are a perfect example of what constitutes a “complete checklist” but other examples include coastal bird surveys, river bird surveys, transect counts and nocturnal kiwi counts (as long as you are recording the numbers of other species heard as well!). Some community groups such as the Picton Dawn Chorus and Endeavour Inlet Conservation Trust have already shown that they are willing to share their 5-minute bird count datasets to help contribute to painting a nationwide picture on the stat of New Zealand’s birds. Thank you to them again!

eBird has made it really easy for you or your group to bulk upload your bird count data that has been entered in a spreadsheet. The eBird “import data” tool can be found on the submit page of the New Zealand Bird Atlas eBird portal and has been designed to provide an interface for importing large volumes of data to eBird. However, because the data is uploaded directly, the import tool has very specific requirements in terms of the file type and format. These requirements are set out clearly and the good news is that once you have imported data once and formed your own template, then subsequent uploads are easy as!

To learn how to bulk upload your data directly into eBird then click here. Additionally, we welcome anyone considering uploading their data, but needing assistance, to get in touch with us directly by emailing nzbirdatlas@wmil.co.nz. If you have attempted to upload a dataset and struck problems then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us, we are more than happy to assist you and help guide you through the process!