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Matt S — April 15, 06:43PM

Will eBird expand to include other animals/plants under a larger eAnimal/ePlant scheme?

Just wondering if there are any plans in the works yet. I like birding, but I like everything in nature and would like to see this expand to the animal/plant/fungi/inscect/etc. data as well.

Rob Porter — April 15, 05:07PM

I'm also curious about this. Starting with butterflies, dragonflies, etc might be a nice place to start as they have similar followings in terms of the people who enjoy tracking them, whilst also having species that are easily identifiable by the general public.

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John Deitsch — April 15, 06:02PM

Here is what I think: If whoever wants to start a new website, set up like Ebird, that is great.!! But I don't think that ebird should add bugs/trees/plants to their site. I would love to see an EBUG or something though.

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John Deitsch — April 15, 06:02PM

Here is what I think: If whoever wants to start a new website, set up like Ebird, that is great.!! But I don't think that ebird should add bugs/trees/plants to their site. I would love to see an EBUG or something though.

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Elias Elias — April 16, 07:11PM

I love this idea and it must happen. Checklists must include all Kingdoms. Why not? Some birds eat mammals. Some mammals eat birds. Let's begin to document the ecology and not compartmentalize.

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Kent McFarland — April 17, 07:07PM

There are already many sites doing this. Here are some:
E-butterfly http://www.e-butterfly.org/#&panel1-1
Odonata central http://www.odonatacentral.org/
Inaturalist http://www.inaturalist.org/

There are prob others....

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Alyssa Critt — April 18, 05:42PM

The awesome projectnoah.org and fairly new natureshare.com come to mind! I often neglect those platforms in favor of eBird, but they seems to have great potential! NatureShare is working to link the site with the iPhone field guide apps, allowing you to identify something in the field and immediately submit a sighting for that location - very neat! (:

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lulubell — April 19, 07:34PM

Ebird is for avian counts only & should stay that way. For those interested in mammals, damsels & dragons, etc. there are sites for those. As birders we always look at everything around us, that doesn't mean Ebird should change to accomdate that - it serves a specific purpose.

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Dave Davis — May 19, 02:18PM

Another resource that you may wish to check out is the new BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation) at http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov/. It is administered by the US Geological Survey and is intended to include all critters for which data are available. I haven't really spent any time with it, but it already has (apparently) all eBird records loaded. I don't believe that it will have a public data entry portal, but rather will import data from existing systems like eBird. But don't take my word for it--check it out for yourself.

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