#8 of 31 Days to Better Birding and Conservation
eBird was created as a way for birders to submit their bird sightings via the internet. It works in a very simple way: you sign-in, select a location and a few other facts about your outing, and then check off the birds you saw. You can also put in the number of birds you observed, but it isn’t required.
The important thing about eBird is that over time and with many users, a large amount of data is collected and can be browsed and researched. But it only is effective if you submit your sightings.
eBirding isn’t a perfect science but it is a perfect example of Citizen Science and the Long Tail of Birding. It’s hard to get into the habit of entering your sightings, but even if you enter a few checklists a month, it helps.
2 thoughts on “Submit Sightings to eBird”
Thanks! A few people mentioned this to me, but I keep forgetting to look at it. We just got our FeederWatch materials and my children are excited. My son still is hoping for an ostrich sighting at our feeder. His enthusiasm and determination is to be commended, if not his sense of geography.
I’ve been marking my observations on eBird for a few years now. I really like doing it because it helps me keep track of what I have seen and where. I can even print out each of my sightings. What got me started with eBird was the Great Backyard Bird Count that takes place every year around Presidents’ Weekend.