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Frequently Asked Questions

All my data are gone! Are my data lost?

No! You likely have multiple eBird accounts, and your data are stored safely in one of them. Go to the eBird home page and click the "Sign in or register as a new user" link. Then ...

What is an eBird checklist?

Each time you go birding you are collecting a list of species seen or heard. If you walk in the local park for .5 hr and see 20 species of birds, your "checklist" is represents the...

What is an eBird observation?

An observation is a record of a species in space and time. A checklist can have many observations (e.g., 10 Yellow Warblers, 5 Sandhill Cranes, 1 Peregrine Falcon). Each combinatio...

How do I update my email address?

You can update your email address in eBird by going to "My eBird" and then to "Edit my profile". All correspondence from eBird editors, updates, and eBird Alerts will then be sent ...

How do I add a species to a checklist?

See this article:

What is BirdLog?

BirdLog is an app that allows you to enter data directly to eBird from the field via iPhone or Android. BirdLog is the only app that currently links directly to eBird for seamless ...

I don’t count birds. Can I still enter my observations?

Yes, and you should still answer “Yes” in the box that asks, “Are you reporting all the birds you observed?”, and then enter an “X” for each species you observed. Of course, we’d l...

Can I enter observations from anywhere around the world?

Yes, in 2010 eBird was launched globally, and you can now enter observations from anywhere around the world.

How do I use the mapping tool to plot a new location?

eBird incorporates the familiar Google Maps interface for plotting locations. Users can use the "Where did you bird" fields to first fill in county (US only) and state if known, a...

How far should I zoom in when plotting a location?

It is critical that you zoom in the finest possible resolution when mapping a location. It is important that your point falls where you actually saw the birds on your checklist, o...
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