recording — May 08, 02:56PM
If you return to the same spot on a different day do you report the same birds?
Just wanted to know if you only report new lifers you see.
Oliver Komar — May 08, 12:13PM
The best way that you can contribute to science is if you DO report all the birds again (i.e., each time you visit a particular location), and then check off the box for YES, you are contributing a complete checklist. If you just want to use eBird to keep your life list, then check the box for NO, you are not reporting a complete checklist, or all the birds you could identify.
Mark Stevenson — May 08, 12:47PM
You will find it useful to read the eBird titles
What data are appropriate?
and "How to make your checklists more valuable"
Brian Sullivan — May 08, 12:52PM eBird Staff
In a perfect eBird world, all of the observers out there would be submitting complete checklists of birds for each birding outing every day of the year. Reporting the same birds day after day, as one might if they do a checklist in their yard each day, is an important component of the kind of data that eBird wants. These repeated samples over time tell us a lot about the birds in your area. Another way to contribute is to try to get off the beaten path a bit and submit a checklist from a location where birders aren’t apt to go birding. This could be a series of stationary counts conducted on a rural road in the middle or nowhere (usually great for birds!), or a count made in an urban area or industrial area (not so good, but still important!). Ideally we’d be getting checklist from a variety of habitats across your region. So there are many ways to contribute to eBird, but the best thing to keep in mind, as Oliver points out, is to record all of the birds you see/hear on an outing, and answer ‘yes’ to the ‘Are you reporting all species question’. More eBird basics here: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973977-ebird-quick-start-guide
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