Date: 6/4/19 3:56 am From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: June eBird Challenge, devices for using eBird Mobile, trip planning
This month’s Challenge is to use the breeding bird behavior codes in our checklists. June is the peak breeding season in the northern hemisphere. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 20eligible checklists containing at least one breeding behavior.
Not on eBird Mobile because you don’t have a smartphone? While you need a smartphone or tablet you don’t need a data plan. When my daughter gave me her old phone I initially began using it for apps that took too muchmemory on my main phone. Now I have the eBird Mobile and other birding apps as wellon that old phone it helpssave the battery of my main phone. A smartphone without a data plan can work very well for making offline checklists and the GPS will still track your path. If you are at a new location start with the Create Offline Checklist, unless you already have a Recent Checklist to use which avoids having to use the full world-wide taxonomy. Submit the checklist with WiFi or your phone’s mobile hotspot. Complete instructions can be found in the Help tab at ebird.org “Using eBird Mobile Offline” where you can learn how to prepare the app with checklists from the places you plan to visit.
Planning a trip? You will probably take your binoculars as well in order to see birds that you don’t normally see. A great way to prepare is by reviewing photographs and sounds of birds taken by others for the area and date you specify. eBird has developed a photo quiz which uses photographs and recordings from the Macaulay Library. Much of that media is collected from user checklists. Many of the media are pretty good and easy to discern, some are admittedly impossible to identify. Try out the quiz before you go to the next new area! Find it near the bottom of the Explore Page.