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eBird Hotspot Gaps Project

The eBird Hotspot Gaps project aims to increase coverage of under-birded locations across the county. Participants visit eBird hotspots on weeks with no prior visits in eBird’s historical record and submit complete checklists to eBird. Filling in these data gaps increases our knowledge of the county’s avifauna and enables analysis to be done for individual hotspots and wider areas. It could also turn up new or unexpected species for hotspots that have received less attention than they deserve.

Here’s How It Works:

Weekly Email

Join the Santa Barbara County eBird Hotspot Gaps discussion group to receive the weekly email messages. Refer to the full set of instructions on the website. Reports of interesting sightings and other reflections on the project can be sent to the discussion group email address. eBird Hotspot Gaps Group
eBird Hotspot Gaps Click the Google Spreadsheet to open the list of weekly eBird Hotspot gaps
Every week, administrators send out an email with a list of Hotspot gaps for the coming week
The weekly email will contain a short summary of which Hotspots were covered in the past week and by whom
To participate, simply visit one of the Hotspots in the given week and submit a complete checklist on eBird
A Google Spreadsheet lists the next two weeks’ gaps and allows participants to fill in whether they have visited a Hotspot