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Building Your eBird Skills

Are you reporting all species? (complete checklists vs. incomplete checklists)

On every eBird checklist birders are asked a simple question: "Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?" Though simple in concept, the power ...

Avoiding the use of X in checklists—why you should always estimate numbers!

Over the years at eBird we have always been flexible about allowing users to report either numbers for each species, or to provide an 'X' to indicate presence. In our latest round ...

Understanding how to plot your location

Exactly where you plot your birding locations on the map is critical for eBird in many ways. When you are specific with your location information we can perform better analyses, an...

How to Make Your Checklists More Valuable

As the eBird database grows by leaps and bounds, it is becoming ever more valuable. Your observations are making a huge difference in our understanding of birds at many levels. Sci...

eBirding on Guided Tours

Each year thousands of birders join guided tours, including morning bird walks at ecolodges, several days with a private guide, or multi-day adventures with a professional tour com...

Study migration timing for better eBirding

Correct bird identification is the essential first step toward tracking your lists and submitting to eBird. While many of us learn bird identification by matching what we see in th...
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