Date: 8/4/17 7:07 am From: trose <trose...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] No Birds - THANK YOU eBird New CHANGE SPECIES Option
OH MY GAWD, this is the BEST thing ever that eBird could have come out with!!! Yay! LOL.
Anyone who eBirds probably just received an email from eBird letting them know of the new "Change Species" function they have just implemented. But in case you didn't read it in detail or went to the "Change Species" how-to link, please do!!! (I provide the link in this email near the bottom, as well).
eBird will now let you change a species in one of your individual eBird lists, including ALL its accompanying photos, notes, breeding codes, etc., in one fell swoop by using the new "change species" option. No more deleting the species from the list, entering the new, correct one, then reentering all of its notes and codes and re-uploading its photos. Just choose "change species" instead, and viola! All gets updated at the same time. Or you can switch species on just the photos. Or just the audio. Or just one single photo amongst several. Whatever you need.
Some examples eBird gives are: updating an unidentified gull or shorebird from a generic species level to its individual species, once it gets identified. If you've uploaded a whole buncha photos and entered copious identification notes, what a pain it the butt it has been in the past to delete everything under that species, enter the new species and copy/save/transfer/reenter all those notes and codes, and then re-upload all those photos. Not any more!!! Now just one change, and be done with it.
Or, let's say you accidentally plopped one of your many photos into the wrong bird's slot and a fellow birder pointed it out to you? Whoops! Go click "change species" on that individual photo, and eBird moves it for you within that list. Awesome!!!
Tonya Holland Three Points AZ ------------------------ ***Personal case in point if anyone is interested: I very recently updated all of my listings of the domestic Swan Goose (type) seen at both Christopher Columbus and Kennedy parks in Tucson, because both eBird (and the Arizona eBird reviewer team) would prefer that they be entered as "Domestic Goose species (domestic type)" instead of the more specific Swan Goose domestic option. Apparently since domestic Swan Geese and Graylag Geese frequently interbreed and can look like either type, making it often impossible to determine actual parentage, eBird just wants this domestic jumble entered at a generic level.
Okay, I love eBird and always want to do things the way eBird requests that they be done (they have *reasons*!), so I dutifully changed all my lists. But hey, it's a DOMESTIC! It's annoying to most birders to even have to add them in, in the first place (side note: you SHOULD, by the way - just because it has no "importance" to you as a species doesn't meant it shouldn't be entered. Entering domestics and escapes is a great way to track historical progression and expansion of a species if it ever becomes an established breeding population, and then eventually even perhaps countable by the ABA, such as the Scaly-breasted Munia in California). But if you're like me, it still just seems like really annoying extra work to do all of the above-described delete/transfer/update steps just for a dumb old domestic! LOL.
So the new "Change Species" option would have been SOOOOO much easier to implement than the whole rigamarole that I ended up doing. In the words of Maxwell Smart, I "missed it by THAT much!"