Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 8597
Medford, OR 97501
Introduction to E-Bird

(Contributed by John Alexander)

As many bird populations continue to decline, local birders' data are
more important than ever. Manage your birding data and explore the
birds of our region at our own regional eBird node. Become part of
the Avian Knowledge Network today!

The Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads a regional Audubon
collaboration, working with the Redwood Regional and Klamath Basin
chapters, to support Klamath Bird Observatory and Cornell
Laboratory of Ornithology efforts to empower citizen scientists for
bird conservation.

The Klamath-Siskiyou eBird is an easy to use tool for organizing your
birding data. Keep track of your life lists and county lists. Enter data
from any location in the Americas. Enjoy exploring the birds in the
Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and contributing to science and

Why should I eBIRD?

Every time that you see and identify a bird, you are holding a piece of
a puzzle. Whether you are casually watching birds in your backyard, or
chasing rare species across the country, you are helping to put this
puzzle together.

It might be a personal puzzle. For example, you might wonder when
Red-winged Blackbirds appear in your backyard each spring or what
time of day the Mourning Doves take a bath in your neighborhood
fountain. Each time that you see and identify one of these birds-so
long as you note the time and date-one piece of the puzzle falls into

Unfortunately, just like puzzle pieces, these observations lose their
value if they remain separate from one another. The only way that all
these bird sightings make a contribution to our understanding of
nature is when they are collected and organized into a central
database where they can help complete a picture of the life of birds.
Check out the Klamath-Siskiyou eBird and see for yourself.

eBird is this database.  With thousands of birdwatchers across the
continent helping to construct it by contributing their sightings, eBird
will soon become a vast source of birdand environmental information
useful to bird watchers, scientists and conservationists the world

By keeping track of your bird observations and entering them into the
Klamath-Siskiyou eBird database, you'll benefit too.  You can access
your own bird records anytime you want, allowing you and easy way to
look at your observations in new ways and to answer your personal
questions about what birds you saw and when and where you saw
them. Keep your year list, site list, or life list on the site.

If you use the Klamath-Siskiyou eBird web site to enter all your
birding information--and get your friends, family members, students,
and colleagues to use it as well--before long the answers to the
never-ending questionsabout birds will be found in the eBird
database, for use now and for generations that will follow.

                  E-Bird In Oregon

The growing popularity of eBird in the State of Oregon is clearly
evident by looking at the annual totals of checklists submitted by
birders in the state.

For the year 2000, eBird records show only four individuals who
were credited with more than 100 checklists for the year.  The 100
level was topped by six birders by 2004, and the number had grown
to nine by 2008.

Beginning in 2009, the number of birders with more than 100
checklists hit double figures for the first time.  Here are the checklist
totals (individuals only) for eBird in Oregon since 2009.

               2009  --  14              2012  --  82
               2010  --  26              2013  --  100+
               2011  --  44              2014  --   46 (thru April 9)

W. Douglas Robinson tops the list each year.  He submitted
3118 checklists to eBird in 2013 and already has 1627 in the
records for 2014 !!

The total number of species reported to eBird from Oregon has
also grown substantially in recent years.

Year         Total Species      Best Total For One Birder   

2009                   381                                286
2010                   372                                291
2011                   379                                289
2012                   407                                330
2013                   398                                342
2014*                  283                                211      

* Through April 9       

Local birders who submitted more than 100 checklists to eBird       
for the state of Oregon in the year 2013 include the following:

Birder                         Total Checklists        Total Species

Harry Fuller                         740                            258
Bob Hunter                          375                           241
Dennis Vroman                  273                           198
Karen Sublette                   203                              79
Forrest English                  194                            252                         
Frank Lospalluto               185                            254
Russ Namitz                       183                            274
Jeffrey Tufts                       146                            200
Jimmy Billstine                  126                            325   

 E-Bird In Jackson County

Only five years ago,  the eBird users among the ranks of Jackson County
birders comprised a fairly small group.  Thirteen individuals submitted
more  than  ten checklists in 2009, and only Harry Fuller had turned in more
than 100 lists.

Four eBirders topped the 100 mark in 2010,  and there were double that
number when all the sightings were in for 2013.  Here's the list of the eight
who had more than 100 eBird checklists to their credit last year:

                         Harry Fuller                  512
                         Bob Hunter                  357
                         Karen Sublette            199
                         Frank Lospalluto        165
                         Forrest English           158
                         Jeffrey Tufts                 146
                         Gretchen Hunter         118
                         Brian Barr                     108

With an increasing number of local birders submitting their sightings
to eBird, the number of species reported each year has grown from 220
in 2009 to 252 in 2013.   

Here are the birders whose lists produced the highest species totals
each year for the last ten years.  The second figure is the total number
of species recorded by all eBirders that year:

2013          Russ Namitz                      235                    252     
2012          Frank Lospalluto              214                    244
2011          Jeffrey Tufts                      194                     230  
2010          Jeffrey Tufts                      190                     236
2009          Harry Fuller                        188                    220
2008          Harry Fuller                        173                    200
2007          Dennis Niebuhr                 182                    227
2006          Dennis Niebuhr                 149                    187
2005          John Alexander                 138                    183

Thru April 9, 2014, 168 species have been reported to eBird in Jackson
County, with Frank Lospalluto topping the individual ranks with 149
species seen..