May Day Counts – eBird Instructions
You’ll be submitting your May Day counts to WSO via eBird. There you’ll enter your list of birds and counts, then download and e-mail the file. Here are details on submitting your May Day counts to WSO.
If you don’t have an eBird account, go to http://ebird.org/content/wi and click on “Register as a New User to create a new account.
- Log into http://ebird.org/content/wi using your user name and password.
- You’ll go to the Where did you bird?” page.
- Click “Select an entire city, county or state”
- Leave City blank
- Fill in County with the name of the county where you did your May Day Count.
- Use WI for the state.
- Uncheck “Show me birding hotspots in the area”. You don’t select an exact location like you normally do when submitting lists to eBird. This is a list for an entire county in Wisconsin.
- Click “Continue”. You’ll be on the “Confirm your location info page”
- Click “Continue” again to confirm your location.
- On the Date and Effort page, enter the following:
- Set the observation date
- Set the Observation Type to Traveling
- Enter your Start Time
- Enter the Duration of your count
- Enter the estimated Distance that was covered throughout the day
- Enter the total number of observers under Party Size.
- In the Comments area, please include all of the following information
- Weather conditions
- Sky conditions in the morning and afternoon
- Wind direction and speed in the morning and afternoon
- Low and high temperature
- Participant Data
- Total field observers
- Total field parties
- Total field watchers
- Total party hours (exclude owling and feeder watch time from this number)
- Hours on foot
- Hours by car
- Owling hours
- Enter the counts of the number of each species of birds you counted. Use an X if the number of birds is not known.
- On “Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?”, click Yes.
- Click “Submit”.
- Click Download in the upper right. Save the file on your computer.
- E-mail the downloaded csv file to MayDay@WSOBirds.org
That’s all there is to it!