First, I want to say thanks to all of you who have been dedicated to
entering your data in eBird over the past few years. California
participation has grown tremendously, and it is by far the best state in
terms of checklist submissions, typically coming in around 10,000
checklists/month. This volume of data has enabled us to begin to model
California birds, and indeed to begin to model birds across the whole of
their range. Your continued participation will only make things better, and
enable us to do more powerful data analysis in the future.
As the fall season is upon us, I wanted to remind you of a few tools that
eBird offers that might benefit your day-to-day birding. The first is the
eBird Rare Bird Gadget, which you can read about at this URL:
Dropping this onto your iGoogle page can deliver up to the minute California
rare bird news to your desktop.
The other thing we have is the 'State Needs Alert', which shows you ALL the
records reported in California for any species that you have not yet seen
and reported to eBird (hence the term 'needs'). For those of you who have
most of your California records up to date, this is a good way to learn of a
potential new bird for you in the state. You can read about those Alert
options here: http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts.
We hope to make these available
at the county level in the very near future.
eBird now allows global data entry, and we're in the process of ramping up
for a release of eBird Version 3 later this month. Thanks again for all your
participation over the years, and maybe this month California birders will
get even more energized and enter 20,000 checklists!
Please feel free to pass this along to other local listserves.
Brian L. Sullivan
49 Holman Road
Carmel Valley, CA
eBird/AKN Project Leader
Birds of North America Online
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
North American Birds
American Birding Association
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