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Amy Seaman — February 07, 09:25PM

Use of Hotspots in Important Bird Area monitoring

I am Montana's coordinator for the Important Bird Area program, and I am interested in using hotspots to increase data (in general and species specific) collection in those areas. I am curious about the hotspot creation process in general, but also most interested in spacing when it comes to their potential use on public lands. I imagine some we would be used seasonally only and some year-round.

meg — February 17, 10:25AM


We are not fans of hotspots, so our reply may be rather biased.

Most hotspots seem not very hot. That is we might expect lots of entries for hotspots, but many have only a few even after several years. Any search of the Hotspots map confirms this observation (note the hot or cool colors). Others are real hotspots, for example the east coast of USA from Maine to Florida and around the Great Lakes.

We suggest that rather than try to organize hotspots, you use existing data. Perhaps make data download requests for regions or local sites of your interest interest. Contact eBird directly and make the requests. See < > or got to the Explore tab and at very bottom of next screen select Download Data.

We think a better route toward eventual success than trying to change behavior of many birders to select your own choice of hotspots. and gathering more data than just what you imagine is adequate.

good birding,


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