A new way to upload and tag photos and sounds

By Drew Weber 12 Sep 2019
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan Andigena laminirostris

In November 2015, the Macaulay Library and eBird joined forces—creating a way for you to upload photos and sounds directly to eBird checklists and have them archived in the Macaulay Library. In these past ~4 years, eBirders have uploaded an incredible 13.5 million photos and 300,000 audio recordings. These media—your media—have supported the development of exciting new tools like Illustrated Checklists, Explore Species, and thousands of Merlin Bird ID species accounts.

Our new process is optimized for adding audio and photos to your checklist while giving you the ability to add more information for each photo or audio file, which helps you find exactly what you are looking for and makes the Macaulay Library even more valuable.

New features

  • Editing info for multiple photos/audio at once (shift and command/control while clicking)
  • New tagging tools for behaviors, sound types, and more
  • Filtered views for quick access to
    • only the birds on the checklist
    • species with audio
    • species with photos
  • Option to add background species in photos and audio recordings
  • Quickly apply your audio recorder gear to all your recordings on a checklist

Thank you everyone for your feedback on the media upload process over the years, and to the intrepid group of 2,000 eBird reviewers, partners, and eBird Supporters that helped test the new tool.

And we can’t adequately thank the folks who volunteered to translate Manage Media (and the rest of eBird) and worked up until the last minute supporting Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, and Turkish (including Scott Lin, Tatyana Korzhitskaya, Andrey Vlasenko, Denis LePage, Marie-Hélène Hachey, Kerem Ali Boyla, Lorena Patrício, Roselvy Juarez, Shen Zhang, and Estevão Santos). Translations are also in progress for the other languages eBird supports, let us know if you would like to help out with translating eBird, eBird Mobile, or Merlin Bird ID to your language.

We hope you enjoy the new Manage Media tool! If you have questions about Manage Media, read more about it in the eBird Help Center.

Thank you for eBirding!