How to register in eBIRD
and enter birding trip checklists
May 12, 2016
Creating an eBird account and entering checklists takes a little bit of time but it gets easier and faster as one gets experience doing it.
Welcome Page and Creating an account
Enter the following URL into your browser, (or simply click on the link below)
Click on the tab near top of page saying "My eBird"
This is where you will create your account and it is also where you will always go to enter new checklists and also to view or edit your checklists.
The next screen-shot shows what I see when I am logged in and go to the "My eBird" tab.
Here is the page where you create your account.
Once you have created an account, you will always begin at the welcome page and proceed to the "My eBird" page. From that page you will be given the option to SIGN-IN. The sign in page is shown below.
To enter the checklist for a new birding trip, click on the "Submit Observations" tab as shown below
Now we begin the 3-step process of entering the data from a birding trip.
We will go through the two methods indicated with red arrows: (1) Selecting the location from a map view; and (2) entering the location using latitude and longitude (GPS coordinates. Many birding apps which are able to send checklists directly to your eBird account will capture GPS coordinates. Virtually any smartphone uses GPS coordinates for you location in many apps.
Below you will see the page which opens if you choose the "FIND LOCATION ON MAP" option
In the next two screen shots I have shown the map zoomed in somewhat, which reveals a lot more "hotspot" locations which others have already created. You do not have to use any of those however. The screenshot after that enlarges the instruction details for using this map.
I have put red boxes around the instructions for creating / choosing a new location. An example of that process will be shown below that.
Next you can see I have zoomed way in on Mt Pisgah, on the east/Pleasant Hill side, where I am clicking on where a friend recently saw a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. I will use her observation as our example.
Entering a name for your birding trip location is also shown on the following screen-shot at the lower right. (Note I have moved the green balloon marker from where I had it above)
After you have clicked on the map to mark or your location (and clicked again to move it if necessary) you click on "CONTINUE" to proceed to the 2nd step of the 3-step process. Here however I am FIRST going to show how to use the Latitude/Longitude option for entering your trip location
A SECOND METHOD for indicating where you did your birding is to enter GPS coordinates
Once your birding trip location has been entered you go to STEP 2 of the checklist entry process, indicating details about the nature of your trip. The screenshot after this one gives an example of some details
An example of the "EFFORT" details is shown below.
Finally, STEP 3; entering your bird checklist itself:
There are special options on the right side of the page. In the following example I have selected for the list to include "Show Rarities" and have entered the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher as an example. Notice that if one has details about the bird(s) such as their sex or age, the option to include those is available.
Also if one has photographs or sound files of the bird seen, one can drag-and-drop those into the "media" box. This too is all optional, though with RARE birds it is highly recommended to try to provide some documenation of your sighting / ID.
Once a checklist has been completed, one can log-out or one can have a copy of it sent to oneself by email, or one can EDIT the checklist.
The option to EDIT any checklist never goes away. One can go back ANY TIME in the future and edit ANY of the entire trip checklist details
From the "My eBIRD" page, one can choose "MANAGE MY CHECKLISTS" to view them, or edit them.
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