Thank you, Kent, for some clarification on this as I was formulating my question about entering CBC data in ebird. I have asked each of my route teams to enter their 'sector' data in ebird. For my route, I gave it a location somewhat in the middle of the route and called it CBC Winhall - S Rd to Rte 100. (or NE loop - NOTE this Ed H and Ned S!). Thus each team records what they saw. Is there any way for the parts to come together for the whole CBC count in ebird?
E. Dorset, VT
> Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 06:21:01 -0500
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] CBCs and VT eBird
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> Thank you everyone for submitting your data you are collecting on Christmas
> Bird Counts to Vermont eBird. We got a ton of checklists from this weekend
> in VT eBird from all of you CBCers. VT eBird can be a great way to store
> your sector-level data (the region you bird in the count circle) and
> compare it from year to year. Entering data for the CBC and for eBird
> presents no problem at all. Indeed, one day we envision the possibility of
> entering your eBird list and having it automatically contribute to the CBC.
> As you head out to do Christmas Counts this season, please remember the
> following helpful hints for adding your CBC data to eBird:
> - Most CBC circles are divided into multiple sectors, with teams of people
> (“parties”) covering each sector. Remember that eBird counts are single
> party counts, so any data collected during the CBC season should be entered
> for single parties only, not parties that spend a lot of time split up.
> - The official CBC effort does not permanently store information at the
> “sector” level. eBird provides an opportunity to permanently record those
> data. For example, most coastal counts will have a substantially different
> mix of birds on the open beach versus areas 5 or 10 miles inland. eBird
> thrives on location specificity, so we welcome your sector data from the
> - While eBird works best with location specific sightings, it can be time
> consuming to enter multiple lists from a single day. We certainly
> appreciate those who take the time to break a day of birding into discrete
> stops, but a day-long traveling count or area count is not completely
> inappropriate. The important thing is that you describe what you did
> (accurate mileage, duration etc.) for your sector that you birded.
> - If you do use a day-long count to enter your count, please give some
> thought as to the location that you use. Please do not plot your point at a
> 'hotspot' if you spent significant time birding outside of the hotspot
> area. It is far better to plot a new point to represent the CBC sector, and
> to name it in a way that makes it clear what it represents -- such as
> “Lakeville CBC--Sector 5”. Since hotspot summaries depend on data collected
> at the actual point, the bar charts and other summaries become much less
> meaningful when they include data from outside the location.
> Many thanks in advance to all of who participate in both eBird and the CBC.
> Our collective knowledge of birds has grown exponentially thanks to the
> efforts of citizen scientists like yourselves.
> Kent McFarland
> VT eBird manager
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
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