Date: 10/3/17 6:42 am From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: October eBird Challenge
Hello PA Birders:
Qualifying checklists for October’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.
In early August eBird Mobile for Android released the ability to keep track of your birding effort through the phone's GPS. I have been using this for two months now. The write up makes the case for using GPS tracking to create more accurate habitat associations for the birds we report. This in turn improves the interpretation of STEM models-those cool maps that track migration over the course of the year. Four STEM models are provided with the August 3 write up on eBird. Check out the Barn Swallow migration at this link.: