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David Spence — April 02, 04:15PM

checklist confusion

Ok, I think this may be obvious, but I'm still confused after reviewing eBird website FAQ's...
I walk in the same general location (mixed fields/forest by a river) about 5 times a week, and see a lot of birds.
I'm having trouble figuring out how to EFFICIENTLY use checklists...There seem to be several options and ways to use the website / mobile app.
Should I make ONE basic checklist, since it is essentially one location, and then try to keep using it , changing the counts day by day. I don't really understand the difference in terms of using 'recent location' vs 'personal location' vs 'offline checklist' (which still seems to immediately label my location as where I am at the moment, even if that is a home---not where I'm walking...).
Should I use the 'hotspot list' since the general place I go is a 'hot spot' (Intervale WMA), though my personal location could be more specific if that is better.
Is there another ''best way'' to use either the mobile app or website to record my observations? Ease and Efficiency in data entry is top priority for me because I don't have much extra time to spend on data entry and manipulation. I just want to be able to open a checklist and go....
By the way, I did learn how to use the iBird Journal checklist and to export to eBird, but it took a while to figure it out, and seems rather cumbersome. Some of the data fields (date, travel vs stationary) come in incorrectly and so must be changed every time I do an export, so using the eBird mobile app seems better in terms of formatting.

Is my problem clear? Solutions obvious?

Thanks in advance for any clarification or suggestions!!

Zach DeBruine — April 04, 11:28AM


I would recommend starting a checklist using your eBird mobile app to record your observations every time you visit Intervale WMA. Select the hotspot, as this will allow others to view your observations more easily and relate them to the WMA. Stop recording once you finish each walk, finalize your counts and submit the checklist as a traveling count (estimate distance). Each time you visit, submit a separate checklist. It is very easy and efficient once you get the hang of the process, and you'll enjoy keeping track of your lists and all the species you see.

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