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eBird is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way birders report and access information about birds. It is not just a warehouse of observational data, it's an online tool that allows you to record and archive your data down to the county level, all while making your efforts available to scientists.


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-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform bird research worldwide.

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:

County Reporting List >>


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:


Adding Species Comments >>


Adding Photos & Video >>


Entering Historic Data >>


Observation Types >>


Pelagic Protocol >>


Reporting Rarities >>

County eBird Links


Find eBird data specific to Santa Barbara County at the following links: