Kent, thanks for taking the time to respond. I appreciate your
explanation and enjoyed reading the 'Data Quality' article on eBird.
Thanks for pointing me to it!
Kent McFarland wrote:
> Good questions Terry. There is an entire article in eBird archives on
> this very subject at http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/Data_Quality.html.
> I am the editor for Vermont eBird. I don't play bird god by any means.
> As you can read in the above mentioned article, there is a filter in
> eBird. The filter for Vermont follows the Vermont Bird Record
> Committee state checklist and I change it as they vote and change it
> each year during their November meeting. Anything entered as counts
> too high, out-of-season, or deemed rare or not occurring (yet!) in VT
> by the committee is automatically flagged for me to review. I contact
> the observer and request that they submit their sighting to the
> committee using the form from the committee web page. I defer all
> out-of-season or rare birds to the decision by the Vermont Bird
> Records Committee. You can visit their web page at
> I should mention that even if a sighting entered by someone is
> reviewed as "invalid", it remains in the database, but not available
> to public queries on eBird page. It also remains in the observers
> personal checklist and My eBird section. So if anyone ever wanted to
> request from eBird for a study of some sort, of say, all the Black
> Vulture records for New England for the last decade, they could ask to
> see ALL of them whether they were final reviewed as invalid or not.
> Each record has tagged to it the review process and why it was deemed
> valid or invalid when it was under review. So it might say - Accepted
> by Bird Record Committee - for example. Or Not Accepted by BRC if it
> is flagged invalid.
> I hope this answers your questions. Let me know if I can be of any
> help. Thanks for eBirding.
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 • Norwich, VT 05055
>>> *Subject: eBird Question for VCE*
>>> From: Terry Wright <terry AT JJAUDUBONGALLERY.COM>
>>> Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:58:48 -0500
>>> VT eBird community,
>>> No doubt, the VT eBird program is a great tool and a great addition
>>> to birding in VT. I wonder about one thing, however. In
>>> reviewing eBird sightings, I see a check mark which indicates
>>> "Sighting confirmed by an eBird reviewer." My question is: 'what
>>> does this mean?' How does eBird _confirm_ a sighting? Do they
>>> contact the reporter and verify basic information? Do they go out
>>> to the site and confirm the bird is there? Is there some other
>>> method for confirming the sighting? Is there an automatic
>>> 'confirmation' if the bird is seen within safe dates? If anyone
>>> can shed some light on this question, I'd be grateful. Of course, I
>>> am not trying to second-guess anyone, but I am just curious about
>>> the 'confirmation' process and what it adds to the credibility of a
>>> particular sighting.
>>> Good birding,