Date: 12/30/17 7:17 am From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Resolutions
Hello OC eBirders,
As 2017 winds to a close and we look forward to 2018, your friendly Orange County eBird reviewers decided to put together a short list of some suggested and easy "eBird resolutions" to help improve your eBird user experience and assist us as your reviewers:
1) Please upload your media files in a timely manner.
Don't forget to upload your media files! It's fairly common for users to enter in a description that they have photos, and then forget to upload them. If you write in a species description that you have photos, audio, or video, the sooner you upload them the sooner we can review your sightings (and you'll avoid receiving annoying reminder emails!).
2) Please include written descriptions that describe the bird(s).
While media files are "worth a thousand words," sometimes you don't get the right photo or any supplementary media. In these situations, please describe in detail what you observed: the bird's size, plumage, behavior, vocalizations, distinguishing field marks, and/or how you eliminated expected species. Poor descriptions we receive include "seen well," or simply include situational descriptions of how the bird was seen, which in many cases just result in us sending the user an email requesting more details anyway. In the case of long-staying rarities, even a brief description of the bird is better than just "continuing." Curious about what sorts of details can improve your species descriptions? Check out this helpful article on the elements of writing a bird description, organized from least helpful to most helpful: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973980-reporting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description ..
3) Help us improve our email response rate.
Please link eBird to an active email address. Checking in your eBird profile that you are using an active email address will ensure that we are able to communicate with you in a timely manner should we ever need to contact you about a sighting. To do so, go to "My eBird," and in the bottom right of the screen click the button that says "Account." And don't be embarrassed or shy if you receive an email from us; we are all friendly and are generally just looking for more information so that we can improve eBird's database.
More information on how to improve your eBird checklists and user experience can be found at the eBird Help Center at http://help.ebird.org/.
Thanks, and best wishes for a happy and birdy 2018!
Ryan Winkleman, RSM Jeff Bray, Irvine Tom Benson, San Bernardino Tom Ford-Hutchinson, Pennsylvania