That’s it. Really. That is all you must do. Keep track of the birds that you saw during the day and then click the button beside the birds name. You enter the information on your phone while you are standing there, or later when you get back to your computer. You do need a free account on eBird to enter the information, but that is an easy process you can find here. If you need help, email me here. eBird has made the process so easy, that you can put the list in while you are walking around your local park with a few quick taps.
One thing that come to light during a review of the information is how a particular species of bird may be doing. All of this happens as soon as the posting happens. Where the bird may have been seen in the thousands, it may only be an occasional visitor now. I am guessing if we had a Global big day back when the passenger pigeon was still flying around, we wouldn’t be looking at the last one in a museum trophy case. On the other hand, one of North America’s rarest birds has been tracked with remarkable success on the amazingly long journey from the coast of Texas to the northern border of Alberta’s boreal peat bogs. This information gives the conservation folks real time information to make decisions on which areas to protect. These decisions can be done with the most up to date info possible making the process a tactical strike rather than a shot gun effect.