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How to use eBird for Global Shorebird Counting 

Pavoncelle - Northern lapwings

We are just a day away from the Global Shorebird Counting 2016 kick off and it’s time to post a reminder about the methodology and data sharing. If you have not registered yet you still can do it at our page. Join the hundreds and enjoy watching shorebirds.

Counts have to be carried out between 2–6 September 2016 at any preferred locations and local paths. Take as much time as needed to count the local shorebird community. The best and the easiest way to record birds in the field is to use the new eBird app available for both iOS and Android. In case you are new to eBird please follow eBird instructions to create an account, and then follow instructions to add records.



  1. Create an account (if you already have an eBird account you don’t need to create a new account!).

  2. Tell more about yourself in the next page (Please don’t skip this step! At least add your city and country.)

  3. Visit the link about a quick start guide to be sent by eBird after registration complete.

  4. Start submitting the first checklist (list of species counted on a location, on a certain day). I recommend starting to use eBird with submitting a few own field records from the near past, to get used to its platform and structure.

  5. Please add to the comment field: World Shorebirds Day (only for the checklists made during the World Shorebirds Day weekend)

Data sharing

To make your submitted data visible to World Shorebirds Day, checklists is kindly asked to be shared. Please add the worldshorebirdsday eBird username of World Shorebirds Day (WorldShorebirdsDay) or email address, to your contact list, and share all your related checklists with us (only the checklists made during the World Shorebirds Day weekend between 2–6 September 2016). There is a guideline, how to do this, here.

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