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Jamie Simmons — April 29, 06:13PM

"Birding party" - include beginning birders? Non-birders?

The statement when entering data is: "Enter the total number of people in your birding party."
Should we be including beginning birders who have an interest in birds but did not contribute any data other than sharing in sightings that were identified by others?
Should we be including non-birders who were there as well?

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Mark Stevenson — May 01, 05:45PM

The beginners and non-birders might contribute to the birding outcome of your trip by spotting birds that they ask you about or by distracting you. The larger the party, the more eyes looking and the more likely the distraction.

Including everyone seems to be within the criterion that you quoted.

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David Suddjian — April 30, 01:06AM

Include all the individuals who were actively involved in observing birds as a group.

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Mark Stevenson Best Reply — May 01, 05:45PM

The beginners and non-birders might contribute to the birding outcome of your trip by spotting birds that they ask you about or by distracting you. The larger the party, the more eyes looking and the more likely the distraction.

Including everyone seems to be within the criterion that you quoted.

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Brian Sullivan — May 03, 06:19PM eBird Staff

Yes, include all people present. Skill level aside, the size of the group affects you ability to detect birds, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse!

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