Date: 3/2/17 7:27 am From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: Multiple eBird challenges for March and 2017
Hello PA Birders:
Qualifying checklists for March’s eBird challenge will be only those that have attached photos and audio recordings. The birding community is encouraged to help build the Macaulay Library with our digital media. With the advent of Merlin Photo ID software in December our pictures can be compared to others in the library. The bigger the library the more accurate the ID and make it easier for the software to use poorer quality photos.
This year eBird has established two new challenges. The first is a year challenge of submitting at least 365 complete checklists. Although not specifically stated I don’t believe they must be submitted daily as this seems too hard to achieve. If you are attempting to qualify for the 2017 challenge, you should have submitted at least 59 checklists by the end of February to keep on track. Three winners will be chosen to receive the ZEISS Conquest HD 8x42 binocular.
Newly announced in February is the Cornell Bird Academy giveaway. During 2017 ten eBirders who submit qualified checklists each month will receive access to one of their courses. February’s checklists will be used to win free access to the online course “Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification”. If you like taking part in the eBirder of the Month Challenges, here are even more excuses to motivate yourself to get out birding.