Since not everyone is using eBird, and not everyone wants to use it, we introduce additional ways of sharing shorebird/wader checklists to be collected between 1-7 September 2017. Still checklists has to meet a certain criteria as described bellow. Using hashtags in social media is the best way to easily find related information. Sharing checklists via Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #shorebirdsday is very simple way to get involved in this program. Here is an example post:
2/9/17 8.10-9.30 Nature’s Valley Beach, S. Afr. Coord: -33.980787, 23.56945074: 1 African Oystercatcher, 8 Sanderling, 2 White-fronted Plover #shorebirdsday
Dataset will not be acceptable without:
- location name
- counting result
If the message is too long for one tweet then #shorebirdsday hasthtag has to be added in the second or third, etc. part of the tweet as well. Counting data without numbers or with just an ‘X’ will be not be added to the database.
Those sharing checklists via Facebook or Twitter will be eligible to participate in the loyalty program in case data from future Global Shorebird Counting dates will be shared accordingly.
However, it is still highly recommended to use eBird for this annual event and support one of the largest citizen science project in the world. Simlpy use the eBird app available both for iOS and Android.