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A new tool for birdwatchers now available

By dlepage August 21, 2013
My Avibase

A new tool called
MyAvibase lets
birdwatchers plan
their birding activities

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:

This sample map and bar graph illustrates the total number of species found in each country of the world, based on the Clements 2012 taxonomy. A similar map can also be generated with the number of target species not yet seen based on a specific lifelist (potential lifers!), or based on probability score that tries to calculate how many species you can expect based on what other people have seen and reported to eBird.

This sample map shows the total number of species expected on average in different states of the US during a week-long trip during the month of May (with 3 checklists per day). The score in this example is based on the cumulative probabilities from all eBird observations in each state during that month.

This sample bar chart graphic represents the average total number of species expected throughout the year while birding in Texas. The totals in this example are based on the sum of the cumulative probabilities of observing individual species over the duration specified (21 checklists, or 3 checklist per days during a week in this case), based on eBird data.

Printable PDF field checklists can also be generated for any region and taxonomy available in Avibase, with target species from a lifelist highlighted in dark, showing species that you have not yet seen in a particular region or worldwide.