Date: 4/30/19 4:31 pm From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: May eBird Challenge, entering your old checklists into eBird, new checklist page view
This month’s Challenge is to submit 3 eligible checklists to eBird this Saturday, May4 which is the 5^th annual Global Big Day. This is by far the easiest Challenge this year to complete-if you follow protocol.
Many PA birders have old paper checklists that are stored away somewhere. eBird is a great place to keep your life lists for a number of reasons and those records are of great value in building an historic perspective in the database. Many of our old records are in the form of a small card with checkoff boxes next to each species. Last month’s email generated some discussion about avoiding the use of ‘X’ in our eBird counts. If your old data does not have actual counts you will have to use an ‘X’. For further information and an explanation of other caveats see the article in the eBird Help section “Entering Historic Data” at: https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973960-entering-historic-data
On April 18, the Checklist page changed considerably from what we were used to seeing. The map link for the checklist location changed to a small blue flag that is easy to overlook.The new icon is at the top of the checklistpage, under the date and to the left of the county name.Another new addition is the map from eBird Mobile Tracks is now visible on the web. If you startedeBird Mobile at the beginning ofa traveling checklist you can now see your actual track as part of the checklist. This is only visible to the checklist owner and is not public. The redesign makes it easier toview the web site on a variety of device sizes.