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Brian Self — April 12, 08:50PM

Manage my locations

I have two locations with almost identical names for the same site and would like to merge them into one. I have read through the Help suggestions and cannot find the solution.

Zachary DeBruine — April 12, 07:11PM

There is no easy way to do this at present. You currently need to open up all your checklists submitted at that location and change the checklist location to the location desired, then delete the old location. I hope an easier way to do this is developed in the future.

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Robert Guth — April 12, 07:40PM

I did this as well. Determine which name you want to keep. Go to each checklist at the other names and change the location. Go back to Manage My Locations and delete the bad name once you have rmoved all of the checklists. Catch it early to minimize the work. I first renamed the bad name to make it easier for me to separate. That helped the process.

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Marshall Iliff — April 13, 07:43AM eBird Staff

This can be done more easily, but only if you understand what kind of location you have.

eBird has two location categories that are apparent in “Manage My Locations” (found under “My eBird”). P = Personal Location (these can be renamed, moved, or merged) and S = Shared Location (these can be renamed, but cannot be moved or edited). There is one exception to the above. Most Shared locations are hotspots (which means that eBird hotspot editors can move or merge the location), but some are Personal Locations that you have shared with other users on a shared checklist. In these cases, you can move or merge these.

This is somewhat confusing, but I recommend opening “Manage My Locations”. If those two locations that have the same name are personal locations, or even if only one is a personal location, you can solve this in a single step. Just open the personal location that you do not want to keep into the one that you do want to keep.

This article may help explain the steps:

Zach is right that if you have two Shared locations (i.e., ones you cannot move or merge), then you may hav to fix this by opening these one by one and clicking “edit location” at the top of the list.


Marshall Iliff

Marshall Iliff
eBird Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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