The Atlas and eBird

To: 'Mick Roderick' <>, 'Graeme Stevens' <>, "" <>
Subject: The Atlas and eBird
From: Peter Shute <>
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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:31:12 +0000
Because the observer names are recorded, there's probably nothing stopping 
researchers from excluding records from people who have entered what they 
consider to be incorrect ids, or only using records from people they consider 
to be reliable.

Peter Shute

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> Mick Roderick
> Sent: Thursday, 18 June 2015 8:09 AM
> To: Graeme Stevens; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] The Atlas and eBird
> I think you've hit the nail on the head Graeme. It is more of
> a recreational birders' tool and not one with any scientific
> rigour for data analysis. I mean, it just can't be really and
> I don't know if that has ever been its intention.
> eBird is also very attractive to 'travelling' birders and I
> am constantly seeing erroneous records appearing in lists. I
> assume these are most often made by birders in unfamiliar
> territory because it is often things like Corvids that get
> misidentified. Just this week we've seen someone reporting
> Masked Woodswallow from Sydney's Eastlakes Golf Course
> (single bird in winter). I've seen this many times on other
> eBird lists where the bird was obviously a Black-faced
> Cuckoo-shrike. The same person has entered Olive Whistler and
> Banded Stilt from Western Sydney in the past week. Clearly
> they are misidentifications. In the Hunter I constantly see
> Little Ravens reported from places I know only Aussie Ravens
> occur. It must be very difficult for the very few moderators
> to keep on top of it all.
> I think the duplication of data issue has been discussed here earlier.
> Yes, the BirdLife portal is currently being developed and is
> advancing. Funding assistance has been provided from the NSW
> Twitchathon funds from last year. As far as I know it is
> still being decided how the eBird data will be used.
> Mick

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