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5 years 2 months ago #173 by Cullum
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Hi,

I was just out in Wyalusing over the weekend and atlased while birding (as always). However, when I submitted my checklist a little bit ago, I realized that one of our hikes (the main one we did with tons of data from it) was really split over two blocks! Not the most convenient thing to find out... If I had known that it was two blocks then I would have recorded it as two separate checklists while hiking. But, I didn't. So, as of right now, it is submitted under the "Wyalusing SP" location, but half of the walking we did was not in the block where that location is plotted.

So, I'm in a little predicament. I cannot split my checklist because I have no idea where exactly we saw the different birds. The more uncommon species I remember where I saw, but that doesn't help much.

Here is my checklist: ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S23546572

Any help? Thanks!

Josh Cullum

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5 years 2 months ago #175 by Nick_Anich
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Yeah, block line boundaries are one thing that you need to be mindful of when out in the field. There's really no way around it, it's the grid that most US atlases used, and the grid that WBBA I used, so we're sticking with it, but we know it seems that those pesky block lines can be a real pain. Try to think of it as an advantage - now you can get records for two blocks instead of one on your hike.

The best thing to do is to take a peek at the maps before your visit. We have a number of options on the handbook and materials page of the website including

Interactive map (PC version) - you can view this on a computer and print a custom map showing block lines
Interactive map (Mobile version) - you can view this in the field on your phone, which should tell you where you are
GPS files - you can load these on your GPS and it will tell you when you are crossing a block line
Static maps - you can print out simple maps of each individual blocks

For now, do your best to break up the list by memory and try to put the important birds in the right block. If all else fails you can submit your full list for the general hotspot in regular eBird, and then go to the atlas portal to enter your breeding codes and just submit those as traveling counts that are not reporting all species with just the uncommon species highlights.

It's a little bit of a pain when block lines are involved, but entering these data are important for conservation, so thanks for taking the time and interest to ask about this.

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5 years 2 months ago #176 by Mike_Reese
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Josh,

If you had species with breeding codes that you know are in a specific block then I would make two separate lists for those blocks, edit the first list to delete those birds that you added to your new block specific lists, and move the first list out of the atlas portal. If there are birds with breeding codes that you don't know for sure which block they were in, don't worry about it, but don't try to make them fit the atlas data.

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5 years 2 months ago #178 by Cullum
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Thank you both! I will try and do that as best I can.

Josh

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5 years 2 months ago #180 by Cullum
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I hid my original checklist, which should keep it out of the public output but allow it to still remain in my records. Is it ok if I just keep it hidden as it is, so that I can keep the complete list of the hike for myself?
I split the checklist as best I could. Here they are:
ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S23549502
ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S23549737
Seem ok?

Thanks again!

Josh

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5 years 2 months ago #181 by Nick_Anich
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That seems fine to me - those are some good birds! I've never been to Wyalusing but need to get there someday.

Yeah, you know this is just something we have to adjust to when we're atlasing. It now pays to take a peek at the block lines before heading out the door or, failing that, keeping multiple smaller lists and entering data relatively soon before it fades from your memory.

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