Date: 4/1/17 8:24 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: April eBird challenge

Can you tell me what power pack you have?


Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 1, 2017, at 11:18 AM, Barbara Ritzheimer <barbritz...> wrote:
> I use eBird mobile all the time. I take along a portable power pack if I'm
> birding all day in case I need to recharge the phone in the field. The
> power pack isn't very large or heavy and easily fits in my pocket. I can
> use my phone while it's being recharged. I can get up to three charges out
> of this particular power pack. I've never needed more than one while out in
> the field. I know not everyone will want to take another gadget along,
> but it solves the power drain problem.
> Barb Ritzheimer
> Schuylkill County
>> On Apr 1, 2017 7:18 AM, "Chuck Berthoud" <cbpabirds...> wrote:
>> Hello PA Birders:
>> The folks at Cornell Lab of Ornithology are promoting eBird Mobile this
>> month. This is an app available on Apple or Android devices. Several years
>> ago I paid $10 for the app but the write up says it is free so check for
>> any subsequent cost.
>> Qualifying checklists for April’s eBird challenge will be those submitted
>> from their Mobile software. There are a number of advantages to using their
>> software which include ease of use, time in the field calculator, quick
>> entry and fast location set up which is nice when using a recent location
>> or finding the appropriate hot spot. Breeding codes can be added and media
>> attachments from your device have gotten much simpler.
>> Using the app continuously in the field quickly drains my cell phone
>> battery. Therefore I have returned to using the paper checklist while
>> birding as I like to keep a running list rather than rely on my memory
>> (think complete checklists). Still I prefer at least starting the checklist
>> in the field which keeps track of the effort for me and often I enter short
>> lists on the phone and submit them before leaving the area. If there no
>> internet service the app works offline.
>> If you are attempting to qualify for the year-long 2017 Challenge, you
>> should have submitted at least 90 checklists by the end of March to keep on
>> track.
>> Chuck Berthoud
>> Board member, PA Society of Ornithology
>> York County
>> 717/608-2614 mobile
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