eBird data are freely available for science and research use, but it is important that we keep track of how these data are being used and in what kinds of research, so that we can serve everyone better and better document the importance of the eBird database. The new data request and access tools make this process easier through automation, and enable scientists and researchers to access data easily and efficiently. Here's how it works:
- Go to Explore Data and click on 'Download Data'
- You need an eBird account to access the download tools, so if you don't have one, you will land on a sign-in screen. Just click 'Register as a new user' if you need to create an account (and you can use this for data entry too!)
- Fill out the data request form to get a 'key' to the download tools
- Use the tools to download prepackaged datasets or to create your own queries based on species, date range, and region
- You'll be notified by email when your data are ready for download (usually within a few minutes)