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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I merge a personal location with a hotspot?

You can merge a personal location, and all of its associated checklists, with an existing eBird hotspot by doing the following. Go to "My eBird" and then select "Manage my locat...

How can I hide locations from the "My Locations" list for data entry?

To hide a location from the "My locations" list that you see during the data entry process go to "My eBird" and then click "Manage my locations." Toggle the check box next to the ...

Some of the maps and graphs won't work, what do I do?

Although we make every attempt to support all web browsers, some obsure and little used browsers may create problems. Likewise, eBird can only support browsers back through a reas...

What web browser works best with eBird?

We recommend using Mozilla Firefox and Chrome with eBird. This free software is available for both Mac and PC and can be downloaded here (Firefox) or here (Chrome). Safari also w...

What is a "Yard" or a "Patch"?

eBird has tools that allow you to keep track of your yard and patch lists, and compare them with your friends and other eBirders. For decades, birders have kept life and year lists...

Can I upload sightings from my desktop listing software?

Yes! Many desktop listing programs allow you to import your data to eBird. By following a few steps you should be able to format your data and bring it into eBird. More specifics c...

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Why is my record not showing up in eBird's output tools?

There are several reasons why observations may not be appearing on maps or other eBird output. They are: Most commonly, the record was of a rare species that was flagged for ...

I'm birding with a group. Do we all enter data separately?

No, we've developed a checklist-sharing process at eBird that allows one person in the group to enter data and then 'share' these observations with others in the birding party. Mor...
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