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2010 World Series of Birding Scouting Notes

This year, as was done in 2010, the Nikon/ DVOC team is encouraging all teams to use eBird (www.eBird.org) for the sharing of World Series of Birding scouting information. All teams (state wide, limited geographic area, youth, etc.) are encouraged and requested to use eBird for WSB scouting.
It is relatively easy to do. The tools are already there to submit and manage the data, teams just have to put in their data on a daily basis.

For information about this WSB Scouting Initiative contact Bert Filemyr at
For information about eBird contact Brian Sullivan at

The WSB "Money Birds"

Checking the EBird's WSB "Money Birds"
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Subscribing to the EBird's WSB "Money Birds" RSS Feeds
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Also check the Google Gadget at the bottom of this page

Here is how to use eBird for scouting.

1. Each team needs to create an eBird account. Just go to eBird and register your team as a new user. On the first registration screen you will choose a user name and a password. This is what is used to login to enter data. On the next page you will enter a "First Name" and a "Last Name" for your team. For instance the "First Name" for the DVOC team is "Nikon/DVOC" and their "Last Name" is "Lagerhead Shrikes" Thus their sights appear as being by "Nikon/DVOC Lagerhead Shrikes". In the registration process you will need to enter an e-mail address for the team. The address of the team captain is recommended.

2. As you do your scouting, enter your sightings and locations. All team members can use the same account. It is important to be specific about where you saw individual birds, and checklists from discreet locations like “Riverwinds” really help teams find birds. The basic method team members will probably use is to write down sightings while scouting and then do data entry time at day's end.

An easy way to transcribe a day’s scouting is to use the eBird bulk upload tools. You can enter your birds onto an excel spreadsheet, and then upload the data each night. Click Here for an example 2010 scouting day from one of the Cornell's Sapsuckers. You can learn more about uploading data here (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/using-the-ebird-data-import-tool). While it might seem like a lot of extra work at first, this method really streamlines data entry, and gets all your observations out there for public consumption, and also for the scientific record.

3. Review what other teams are seeing at various locations by:

a. Reviewing all sightings using eBird. For example, if you’re looking for Bufflehead, you can use the “View and Explore Data” tools to pull up a map with recent observations. You can click on the markers to find out details. Click Here for an example:
b. Checking Jack Siler's eBird Rarity Map. This map shows recent sightings of rare birds in New Jersey.
c. Checking the New Jersey Rare Bird Google Gadget below for significant sightings. All observations of rare or noteworthy birds from the past week will be available here along with details about when, where and by whom the observation was made (not to mention a link to maps with driving directions).
d. Checking the EBird's WSB "Money Birds"
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e. Subscribing to the EBird's WSB "Money Birds" RSS Feeds
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Recent Rarity Sightings - New Jersey

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The Official World Series of Birding Website

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eBird New Jersey Google Gadget at birdcapemay.org