Good news for Android users! eBird Mobile is now available for free in the Google Play store, complementing the iOS version of the app that was released earlier this year. eBird Mobile is a single app that allows you to enter eBird observations from anywhere in the world. eBird Mobile is completely translated into 8 languages, and supports species common names in more than 20 languages, including the ‘language’ English (India) — which is essential for Indian eBirders. Its offline functionality even allows you to enter sightings in areas with no cell service, or when travelling abroad without Internet access. If you haven’t tried eBird Mobile yet, there is no better time! Both of these apps build on the groundbreaking BirdLog app, initially developed by David Bell and BirdsInTheHand, LLC in 2012.
Regular users of BirdLog will find that this app works similarly, with a few key improvements. Data entry has been optimized as much as possible, and the app is more reliable than ever—auto-saving your checklists throughout the process and never losing information once it has been entered. In the coming months and years we will focus on reworking the user interface, making the app available in even more languages, allowing breeding code entry, addition of photos to checklists within the app, sharing checklists from within the app, integration with My eBird, and much more. This is the first step along an exciting road for eBird Mobile.
NOTE: all versions of BirdLog for Android (and iOS) will have support discontinued in the near future, so it is important to make the switch to eBird Mobile as soon as possible.
What’s new with eBird Mobile?
How do I get started with eBird Mobile?
Next Steps for eBird Mobile
We are excited to expand the tools and features that we offer to mobile eBirders. Over the coming months and years we will integrate more of the eBird website into eBird Mobile, and add new features to make the data entry as easy as possible and the most useful for conservation and research. We’ll continue to add new languages—please email us if you are interested in helping translate a language not currently represented in eBird.
A huge thank you to all who have beta tested these apps up until this point, your efforts have made it possible to get this app where it is right now. We can’t wait to see where eBird Mobile will be in a few years!
We look forward to hearing your feedback. Please send comments to email@example.com and share your ideas on how we can improve eBird. If you like eBird Mobile, please consider rating it favorably on the iTunes or Google Play stores. We hope you enjoy the app—happy mobile eBirding!
(Modified from this post on the eBird global portal.)