There's nothing more effective than giving an individual whom you think might enjoy eBird an excellent first-hand experience. The first step is to take them in the field birding (the fun part!), and show them how to record their observations in ways that are beneficial to both eBird and their personal record-keeping. Then, sit down with them behind a computer, help them log-in to eBird for the first time, and show them how easy it is to enter a checklist. Once the checklist is submitted (don't forget to show them how to share it with you!), take them to the My eBird page. Make sure to explain how through entering more data, the lists shown here build up over time, providing one with a complete record of their birding experiences. Be patient, answer all questions and refer them to the articles here for more information about how to be a better eBirder.
We have made two eBird powerpoints available for download here. The first powerpoint is a general eBird overview that talks about the concept of the project, shows the data entry process and a bit about data output. The second powerpoint is an overview of how to be a better eBirder, which incorporates many of the topics that we've posted about on the home page.
The idea is for faithful eBird users to take these powerpoints and present them at local bird clubs, look at them with friends etc. We wanted to make these materials available so people wishing to promote eBird would have a good starting point from which to do so. These presentations can be tailored to local interests and modified as the presenter sees fit, but the basic nuts and bolts of two solid eBird presentations offer a solid presentation foundation.
Online eBird Presentations
We love to give eBird presentations in person, but the next best thing might be doing it via an online tool that allows a group of people to attend an eBird talk. We can accomplish this in two ways: the first is to schedule a specific eBird presentation for a local group, which you can arrange by contacting us at (firstname.lastname@example.org). The second is to have bi-monthly eBird online eBird presentations that are open to anyone wishing to learn more about eBird. These will generally be an hour long, and occur in the evening. They will require an Internet connection so that users can be connected to each other, and be able to see our presentations on their desktops. We are currently trying to gauge interest in this kind of bi-monthly event, so we're in a testing phase. The first presentation will be a general eBird overview given at 7 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 22nd. Attendance is limited to 20 people/talk, so please send us an email to register (email@example.com) and receive instructions. These are free!