This month's Challenge is simple: submit 3 checklists a day. The more days you generate 3 checklists the more chances to win. In addition every eligible checklist submitted this month gives you a chance to get free access to the Cornell Lab's Bird Academy online course “Be a Better Birder: Duck and waterfowl identification”.
One of Cornell Lab's goals with these Challenges is to make better birders who can provide better information to their data base. This is in contrast to our natural tendency to make us better listers. eBirders who are concerned with their numbers have lots of metrics automatically provided to them in their My eBird account. This month's Challenge is a simple way of getting us to think about how we could alter our tendency to lump all of our sightings into a single checklist. Reasons for starting a new checklist are:
entering a new habitat
exceeding 5 miles on a traveling count
exceeding 30 meters on a stationary count (or converting to traveling count)
creating a string of 5 minute point counts along a road or trail, a minimum of 0.5 miles apart
creating area counts of at least 20 minutes each
creating an incidental count when birding is not your primary purpose
For further information read “How to Make Your Checklists More Valuable” in the “Building Your eBird Skills” Help section.