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How to Create a Life List in eBird

You'll Need an eBird Account

One of the great things abou the BirdsEye update is the ability to download your lifelists from eBird.  This well ensure that you always have a complete list of what you seen with you at all times.  

If you have an eBird account already, it's simply a matter of logging in to your eBird account when you first set up BirdsEye.

If you don't already have one, you will need set up your account in eBird.  It is free and easy, simply register as new user at eBird.org.

Adding Your Life List to eBird

eBird does not have a way to load an initial life list, since the minimum requirement for an eBird record is species + date + location. You can build a life list by entering the species + date + location if you have that information.

Even though you may not have this type of detailed record,  you can still add it to eBird using the following instructions:

  1. Submit your life list for a certain state using "submit by city, county, or state.
  2. Submit as an incidental observation that is marked "No" to the "reporting all species" question.
  3. Use the date 1 January 1900
  4. Add checklist comments that make it clear that you are submitting a baseline life list. At the bottom of the checklist make a note to the effect that “This is a personal checklist based on records that do not include the exact date or sighting information and are not intended to be used for any scientific purposes.”


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5. Go through your BirdsEye list and enter an “x” in each of the eBird sighting options.  Select the “No” option for the question “Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?"

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6. Once you have submitted the checklist, click on the option to "Hide from eBird Output", which will remove the list record from view. 

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All this will flag your list for the eBird team as a personal record that will not be used for science.


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