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Can I upload sightings from my desktop listing software?

Yes! Many desktop listing programs allow you to import your data to eBird. By following a few steps you should be able to format your data and bring it into eBird. More specifics can be found below.

Avisys

We're delighted that Jerry Blinn has launched an AviSys utility that allows users to export records to eBird.  He has been dedicated to making sure that AviSys users not only can export their data to eBird, but that they also have the tools available in AviSys to make their observations more valuable by adding associated effort information to each birding outing.  We thank Jerry for his hard work on this, and we'd like to extend a big WELCOME to AviSys users everywhere!

AviSys users can learn more how to export sightings in an eBird-friendly format here: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2102285-importing-avisys-to-ebird

As always we're here to provide support for the eBird side of the process if needed.  We look forward to harnessing the power of AviSys user's data and to synthesizing it through the eBird database. If you want to keep your sightings in both eBird and AviSys, you can use this tool developed by Kent Fiala to export your eBird sightings to Avisys: http://www.faintlake.com/ebirdtoavisys/

Birdbase

Peter Bono has written and made available a BirdBase utility, called BB2eBird, that allows users to export BirdBase sightings records to eBird. As with the AviSys announcement, we have worked closely with Peter on this process. Sightings of many trips -- some of which were entered in BirdBase with no idea that they would later be used by a project such as eBird -- can be uploaded in one operation, saving lots of time. We thank Peter and Bob Eisberg of Santa Barbara Software Products for their commitment to the citizen science goals of eBird, and, of course, we look forward to receiving lots of historical sightings data from BirdBase users everywhere!

Since the discontinuation of BirdBase, we are happy to announce that we have a walkthrough for getting your records into eBird: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2119758-importing-birdbase-to-ebird

As always we're here to provide support for the eBird side of the process if needed. We look forward to harnessing the power of the BirdBase user's data and to synthesizing it through the eBird database.

Birders Diary

We are pleased to announce that there is a Birder’s Diary eBird Toolkit. The utility, written by Gerco Hoogeweg, allows users to exchange bird observations between Birder’s Diary and eBird. The toolkit allows you to create eBird Record Format (extended) files for import into eBird and you can create Birder’s Diary import files from eBird observation reports. To make stored observations useful to eBird, the toolkit includes a comprehensive interface that allows you to specify how you were birding (protocols). Information for each birding adventure can be updated in a similar fashion as if you were entering your observations directly into eBird. Also, the toolkit automatically checks if your location is an eBird hotspot!

We thank Jeff Jones (Birder’s Dairy) and Gerco Hoogeweg for their commitment to the citizen science goals of eBird, and, of course, we look forward to receiving lots of historical data from the Birder’s Diary community!

Birder’s Diary users can download a copy of the Birder’s Diary eBird Toolkit from the Birder’s Diary website at http://www.birdersdiary.com/Downloads/tabid/56/Default.aspx. The manual is included in the download.

As always we're here to provide support for the eBird side of the process if needed. We look forward to harnessing the power of the Birder’s Diary user's data and to synthesizing it with the rest of the eBird database.

Bird Brain

It's fast and easy to make an eBird checklist report from Bird Brain. Go to a sample record, and choose eBird Report. Bird Brain will automatically find and create a list of all your sightings which are on the same day and have the same location as the sample record. At the top of the page, you can enter the eBird effort information. Below will be a preview list of the sightings you're about to submit. You can click a checkbox to deselect any that you want to omit.  A single click will now create the eBird submission file, open your browser, and take you to the eBird web page where you submit the file. Bird Brain uses the same Clements World List as eBird. It also uses the eBird nation codes and state (or other subnational) codes. This makes it seamless to submit a checklist. There's a space to enter checklist submission comments, and your notes on individual sightings are exported into eBird automatically.

Bird Brain was created and is maintained by Michael and Diane Porter, of Birdwatching Dot Com.

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