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How-to: Using eBird to Get Your Numbers Together
by Carena Pooth
September 2017

 

Are you an eBird user? Here is a simple tutorial on how you can easily grab your state and county totals from eBird for the NYSOA County & State Listing project/competition.

 

Start by printing the county listing form so you can write the numbers on it (do this even if you are going to enter your data online--it will make transcribing the numbers super easy).

As you complete the steps below, write the totals onto page 2 of the form.  
When you have all the numbers you want to submit, you can enter them online
OR you can complete page 1 of the paper form send both pages to me by email or fax (see details on form).

 

GETTING THE NUMBERS:

Go to http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ and login. Then follow the steps below.

 

STATE TOTALS (as of 12/31/17):

1.  Click My eBird and then the State/Province tab.

2.  For your NYS LIFE total, use theLife number shown for New York. If you’re not sure whether you picked up any new      NYS lifers after the end of the year (which should not be included in your report, do the following:

    •   Click the number in the Life column.
    •   On the next screen, click the word Date (the rightmost column header). That will sort the sightings by date.
    •   Scroll to the bottom to see if any new lifers were added in 2018; use the appropriate number from column 1.

3. For your NYS YEAR total:

    • Click My eBird and then the State/Province tab.
    • Click the number in the Year column next to New York.
    • On the next screen, change the year above the listing to 2017.
    • Scroll to the bottom and use the number in column 1 for your NYS 2017 year list total.


COUNTY LIFE TOTALS (as of 12/31/17):

  1. Click My eBird and then the County tab.
  2. For your NYSOA county listing report, you will be entering only LIFE numbers for counties, so for the most part
         you can just use the Life number shown for each county. If you’re not sure whether you picked up a new county
         lifer after 12/31/17, do the following for each county you want to check:
    • Click the number in the Life column.
    • On the next screen, click the word Date (the rightmost column header). That will sort the sightings by date.
    • Scroll to the bottom to see if any new lifers were added in 2018; use the appropriate number from column 1.

 

One last thing‚ĶMAKE SURE YOU DON’T COUNT SPECIES THAT ARE NOT ON THE Checklist of the Birds of New York State in your totals (e.g. Chukar, or any NYS species not yet accepted by NYSARC).

 

The checklist is online at http://nybirds.org/Publications/ChecklistNYS.htm.

 

Want to add REGIONAL TOTALS?  These are a lot tougher to deal with, since NYSOA's Kingbird regions are not defined in eBird. One way to handle them is to use our handy checklist booklet and assign the regions you bird most frequently to checkbox columns, and then check birds off as you see them during the year. Or you can print off a paper checklist for each region and check birds off on it throughout the year.


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