A new tool for birdwatchers and eBird participants has just been made available in Avibase, a web site managed by Denis Lepage and hosted by Bird Studies Canada. The new section of the site is called MyAvibase and allows birdwatchers to maintain their own life lists and generate reports that can help planning their next birding trip. Birdwatchers can use maps and graphs to quickly see how many species can be found in a given region and at various times of year, for instance. Once their own lifelists are imported in Avibase, they can also view how many new species (lifers) they could potentially add on a trip and decide when and where to go for that next great birding adventure!
People who participate in eBird can very easily import their lifelist from their eBird account with a click of a button or from a file on their own computer. MyAvibase also offers more features, such as the ability to chose which taxonomy to follow (eBird, Clements, IOC, etc.) as well as the ability to compare lifelists between different taxonomies and look for splits, lumps, etc. Importing lifelists into Avibase also allows visitors to quickly see whether they have already seen species when navigating the site (e.g. species pages or region checklists), but also to generate their own custom printable checklist highlighting target species. Best of all, like Avibase, MyAvibase is available for free! MyAvibase is still a work in progress, and additional features are still in development.
Below are some examples illustrating the possibilities offered by this new tool: