February 28, 2019

March 2019 eBirding Challenge

ebirding challenge logo 800pxFebruary was very busy for Indian birders, with all the events, festivals and the GBBC. But let’s look ahead to March, and to a new monthly eBirding challenge!

Birding is often a social activity, and is a great way to meet others with similar interests, make new friends and share the joy of spending time with the the birds around us.

In keeping with the spirit of birders birding together, the challenge this month is to upload at least 30 effort-basedcomplete icon_tooltip checklists of at least 15 minutes duration. Crucially, at least 5 of these lists should be ‘shared‘ between two or more birders apart from yourself.

When you go birding with your friends, and then upload the lists of species seen, you can ‘share’ the list with those who were on the trip, and then the list of species gets copied into each person’s account (so there is no need for each person to upload their list separately).

This list is an excellent example of a shared checklist. Note how you can click on the ‘List’ button to see each individual person’s list. Once shared (ie copied into their account), each person can tailor the list specifically to what s/he saw – deleting missed species, and adding species that the others may not have recorded. In this way, everyone on the trip can keep a faithful record of what they saw.

Note also that if you just want to show others your list, you shouldn’t ‘share’ with them; rather, you can simply send them the URL to your list (eg: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30191358).

Please upload all your lists by 14 April 2019 so that we can announce the results shortly thereafter.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges for 2019 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India at this page.

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at our quick-start infographic and also the more comprehensive Beginner’s Guide.

Header photo: Himalayan Monal by Ajit Hota/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab from this checklist.

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