Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:53 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:29 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:58 PM
Use the "Submit Observations" menu item. It's a very easy process and you can use as much or as little detail as you want to. When I did mine recently, culling comments from 6 old dog-eared field guides dating back to the 1980s, I would wind up sometimes doing a checklist for a state if I didn't know exactly where I saw something and picking a date in a year that was probably close; for the couple I had noted for other countries, I just entered the country since I didn't know where exactly. Other times, I'd enter a checklist for, say, Bolsa Chica Reserve, and note everything I'd ever seen there since my notes didn't have dates. For more recent birding since I moved to Utah, I had the dates and exact places.
I always try to use the existing "Birding Hotspots" if they are available (you get to these from the "Find It On a Map" option), because I think it will give other birders something relate to.
You don't have to use quantities if you don't want to; you can just use an "x" if you saw something. I use quantities now, but didn't have that data for my old sightings.
You can enter sub-species or just the overall[? I'm sure that's not the right term] species - they is a feature to "show subspecies" on the entry form. If you don't like how you did your entry, you can always go back later and correct (I recently changed all my Dark-Eyed Juncos to the proper sub-species).
Of course eBird wants accuracy, but they know that people want to get their lists right. For these less-precise checklists, they just won't show up on the public data, but they will go into creating your life list.
Have fun with it - it's a great tool.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:41 AM
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