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eBird is a real-
eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. Checklists can be customized with comments, field notes, and by embedding photos, audio recordings or video media for added documentation. You can also subscribe to eBird Rare Bird Alerts and track personal yard and patch totals.
With thousands of birdwatchers across the continent contributing millions of sightings, eBird has become a vast source of bird and environmental information useful not only to birders but to scientists and conservationists.
eBird data are stored across secure facilities, archived daily, and are freely accessible
to anyone. eBird data have been used in hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-
Data quality is of critical importance. When entering sightings, observers are presented with a list of likely birds for that date and region. These checklist filters are developed by some of the most knowledgeable bird distribution experts in the world. When unusual birds are seen, or high counts are reported, the regional experts review these records. Learn more about eBird data quality >>
Why not make your observations count? Participate in citizen science! Build personal lists while making contributions to the knowledge base of local bird distribution. Visit eBird >> and sign up. It’s free!
IMPORTANT: Please read through the following county Reporting List before making contributions:
There are many important protocols to consider when contributing to eBird. The Help Page >> is the place to start if you have questions. Some important topics related to county birding are:
Santa Barbara County eBird Data
County eBird links