eBird by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
By Cornell University
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eBird Mobile makes it easy to record the birds you see in the field, and seamlessly link these observations with eBird--a global online database of bird records used by hundreds of thousands of birders around the world. This free resource makes it easy to keep track of what you see, while making your data openly available for scientific research, education, and conservation. eBird Mobile is the only app that passes information directly from the iOS device to your eBird account on the web.
- Enter bird observations from any location around the world.
- Full global taxonomy based on The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World.
- Common names available in local languages (e.g., Portuguese names in Brazil or in Portugal).
- Checklists customized for your location and time of year, showing most likely species based on eBird data.
- Rare species flagged during data entry and on the checklist.
- "Record as you go" functionality for incremental list keeping and counting while birding.
- GPS enabled location plotting to ensure accuracy.
- Map tools that enable selecting from hundreds of thousands of eBird "Hotspots."
- Full offline functionality, enabling use in places with limited or no Internet connection.
- Trip and Day list functionality that makes it easy to keep track of your species list on a particular outing.
- Support for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
- Entire app translated to German, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, and Dutch.
What's New in Version 1.4.2
Bug fixes and performance enhancements
A disimprovement: requires more clicking
The ebird app is essentially great but this version is a significant disimprovement. It requires more clicking than the previous version. First, "Traveling" is no longer the default checklist type; you have to explicitly select it, which adds one click to most checklists. Much worse, there is no longer a field to enter new species at the top of your checklist; you need to open the field by selecting "add species" -- this means that every checklist requires a lot more clicking. The new format is pretty and may be less confusing for neophytes, but functionally it's worse and adds work. Another frustratingly inefficient feature of the ebird app (all versions) is the fact that it requires 3 letters before it starts to guess what species you are entering; this is especially frustrating for those of us who are used to Scythebill, which is uncannily good at guessing your species instantly based on the first letter. The ebird app folks could redeem themselves with a feature like that.
I like the idea of having a checklist for a specific location and would love this app if only I found indicate "too many to count" on a birding outing. I have seen flocks of Lesser Scaup with over 5000 birds, and groups of Pintails that include hundreds of drakes and hens, yet the app won't let me merely indicate the bird's presence at the location. This is possible at eBird's web site so why not in your app?
Brilliant app with the huge potency. Yet many features to add, but — again — brilliant. Devs, wish you best ideas to include. Hope in a year or two eBird will turn into the most powerful and the-only-one-you-need app
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: Jan 09, 2017
- Version: 1.4.2
- Size: 40.8 MB
- Languages: English, Akan, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Seller: Cornell University
- © Cornell University
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.