Date: 10/1/19 9:16 am From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Subject: October eBird Challenge, October Big Day, eBird Mobile 2.0
The October eBird Challenge is to submit 31 eligible checklists during the month. An eligible checklist includes a complete list of all birds seen and are counted rather than checked with an ‘X’. Our checklists are important for understanding population trends of birds. Last month Cornell Lab researchers documented the 29% decline of North American birds: 3 billion individual birds lost in the last 50 years. The data we submit helps understand population trends and inform conservation efforts.
For the second year, Team eBird is promoting October Big Day, on the third Saturday, October 19. Just like in May, this is a 24 hour world wide event. Please have your sightings entered into eBird by October 23.
A few weeks ago eBird Mobile 2.0 for Android was released. This was a significant update and I am still learning it. Before going into the field you should download the Bird Pack for Pennsylvania. For travelers there is a Pack for each US, Canadian and Australian states/provinces, and one for each country to allow you to use a species list of birds tailored for your area regardless of data connectivity. In Version 2.0 the opening screen has a start checklist button so you can immediately start entering sightings. In order to work with a county or site list rather than the state list, select the GPS coordinates at the top of the screen to open up 3 tabs: Recent, Nearby and Map. If you are going to a new location where you will be offline you can start checklists at home with WiFi so they can be accessed in the field using the Recent tab. Mobile 2.0 will be available for iPhone later this year.