Using eBird in 2016

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <ams@toroid.org>

2016-02-15

Make eBird your New Year's Resolution for 2016!”, they said, with a picture of a Steller's Sea Eagle that looked like it meant business. So I did.

A month and a half into the year, it's become a habit to record and submit lists during the day. It's given me a reason to get out of the house for a while in the morning and evening, and to take occasional breaks from work during the day, all of which has made me fitter, happier, and more productive.

I have many complaints about the eBird interface. The "Submit observations" page needs to be a couple of orders of magnitude faster. The Android app shouldn't be so dependent on network connectivity. Both need to be much smarter about interpreting abbreviations. I can think of various features that would make reviewers' lives easier. But those are just details (I hear the eBird team is receptive to suggestions), and none of it takes away from the fact that eBird has helped me to start birding regularly and seriously again.

As new year's resolutions go, I can't think of one that's worked out better.