Date: 12/29/17 10:26 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] eBird challenges for 2018
Hello texbirders,
To start out the new year, the eBird Challenge for January is to get in
the habit of daily submitting a checklist—one for each day of the month.
For each monthly Challenge there is a prize of a new pair of Zeiss
Conquest HD 8x42 binoculars, $969 on Amazon, right now. January’s
Challenge is a setup to get on pace for the Checklist-a-day Challenge
for the entire year. Three committed birders who submit at least one
checklist each day during 2018 will be selected for an unnamed prize.
More about the year long challenge later.

January’s eBird Challenge brings in a new year of birding. There is a
new Challenge each month designed to improve birding skills, become
familiar with new technology and improve the quality of bird sightings
in their massive worldwide database. Eligible checklists must contain an
exact count or a good estimate of every species observed. Xs should not
be used. This is a good opportunity learn to use your smartphone better
as several of the 2017 Challenges require submitting checklists using
eBird Mobile. Recorded audio and pictures were required for a couple of
monthly Challenges this past year. One of the easiest Challenges is to
submit just 5 checklists on the second Saturday in May. These sightings
are part of the annual Global Big Day.

The Checklist-a-day will be the best chance to win a prize as fewer
birders will be willing or able to submit 365 consecutive checklists.
The Challenge reveals that the eBird database is best built on the
volume of smaller and shorter checklists. Checklists from your doorstep,
feeders or the parking lot are welcomed. A minimum time spent of 3
minutes is suggested.

For more information read the three new articles on the Home page.

Chuck Berthoud

717 608-2614

Spring Grove, PA

Wintering in Huntsville and Friendswood, Texas

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