Note: entering CBC tallies in eBird

Just a reminder that eBird has guidelines for the entry of data from your Christmas Bird Count efforts that are somewhat different from the guidelines for day to day eBirding.  Of particular note is that generally CBC checklists should be mapped to a personal location specific to the sector that you covered rather than in eBird hotspots.

Also note that eBird and CBC have very different guidelines for calculating the distance that you enter in. You can include your CBC-style effort data in the checklist note space while entering the eBird-style effort data in the eBird effort data boxes.

Details here:

Sierra Vista EOP Bird Walk–28 Sep 2014

Ten people tramped the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning; five locals and
five visitors from GA, IA, and TX. Breezes made for  pleasant temperatures,
but kept most passerines down in the vegetation. Our group tally was 59
species by the end of the morning.

The best bird of the day was a single YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a new species
for the EOP. Unfortunately, only two of us saw this bird as it flew low
between mesquite trees edging the Moson Road impoundments.

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EOP Walk needs tour leaders

Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park! 
These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle ( or 378-7229) if you can help out.