Data submission with eBird

eBird has long been committed to the professional data management not only on a national, but at an international level as well. By now the eBird Team is handling and incredible half a billion bird records and it’s growing. The World Shorebirds Day has been partnered with eBird, which offers all of its solutions for submitting counting results of the weekend of the Global Shorebird Counting Program.


Steps needed to be done before data submission starts

  1. Create an account (if you already have an eBird account you don’t need to create a new account!).
  2. Tell more about yourself in the next page (Please don’t skip this step! At least add your city and country.)
  3. Visit the link about a quick start guide to be sent by eBird after registration complete.
  4. Start submitting the first checklist (list of species counted on a location, on a certain day). I recommend starting to use eBird with submitting a few own field records from the near past, to get used to its platform and structure.
  5. In case you have a smartphone, data submission is easier by using the BirdsEye BirdLog app available both for iOS and Android.
  6. Please add to the comment field: World Shorebirds Day (only for the checklists made during the World Shorebirds Day weekend)
  7. Please add worldshorebirdsday to your contact list, and if it is not a big trouble for you, share all your related checklists with us! (also, only for the checklists made during the World Shorebirds Day weekend) There is a guideline, how to do this, here.

On this coming weekend go out to your preferred locations and register all the shorebirds you counted. Dates available for counting is 5-7 September. Although others requested a week long count to cover the next weekend, it is still under consideration whether to include it or not.

In a case, having difficulties with internet access, data can be sent by email, but this solution should be used when no other option remained. To get the most of this fantastic weekend, I ask you to get into eBird and help learning more about the distribution of shorebirds.

To have an idea about the intensive usage of eBird worldwide, have a look at this impressive map showing data submission live.

Anyone has questions, should not hesitate to contact me.


16 thoughts on “Data submission with eBird

  1. The owner of World Shorebirds Day is going to have a lot of emails asking them to accept shared checklists? Unless you mark eBirders as a friend. You are going to be busy! It’s going to be a great count!

    Dianne C.

  2. Gyorgy, I don’t mean to be a pain, but what do you mean by “sharing all related checklists” with you? Do you mean any shorebird sightings at any time, or just any checklist submitted on these 3 days? And, will simply typing “worldshorebirdsday” into the text box send the list to you, or does one need a complete email address to go with it? I want to help as much as possible.

    • Kathie, Your points are valid. Don’t worry about it. 🙂 Thanks for it.
      Of course, sharing is requested just for this weekend. I made an eBird account under the name of the World Shorebirds Day, in case someone cannot submit data, due to lack of internet or anything else. The “worldshorebirdsday” should be copied into the comment field of shorebird relevant checklists of this coming weekend. I hope this helps.

    • I hope he meant this because that’s what I did:

      What I did was that for THE FIRST checklist I submitted to eBird where there a shorebird was possible, I

      – clicked on ‘Manage my observations’, then
      – ‘Share’ to the right of the checklist in the list, then
      – ‘Manage my contacts’ – a new page loads where you add “worldshorebirdsday” as a contact, then
      – go back one page,
      – in the list of your contacts on the right, click on “worldshorebirdsday” (or “World Shorebirds Day” ?)
      – that will automatically be filled into the box on the right
      – click ‘Share’

      For subsequent checklists to be shared, just choose who you want to share it with in your list of contacts when you get to that page.

      (I hope I explained that right)

      Dianne C.

  3. Gyorgy, one more question: I counted birds at all my register sites, but I also counted birds along a river inland on the 5th and counted some shorebirds there. Can I add that checklist to the count as well by typing “wordlshorebirdsday” inn the comment section for that list?

  4. Hi Gyorgy,. i have a new account in eBird (asmanbirder), and I have ready add your account in my friend list,. We, in Yogyakarta (Java) Indonesia will participat to couting shorebird in 6 September,.

  5. Sadly, we saw no shorebirds on Gabriola island BC Canada when we counted on Sunday between 1 and 3 pm. Went to five different beach locations. Maybe because the tide was high??

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