Download eBird Express

Download eBird Express Installer

By downloading the file, you agree to the legal information included at the end of this page. Be sure to save it on your desktop or somewhere else where you can get to it easily.

After downloading, see the tutorials for installation and use.

Creating Additional Templates

The eBird Express installer comes with an ABA template. However, eBird Express is even easier to use when you create your own templates at the state or county level. You can easily make your own templates as described in this tutorial video. As eBird points out, you can also download checklist data from eBird itself.

One quick and easy way to build a template species list for your area is to download the bar chart. Did you know that any bar chart you generate can be downloaded to a spreadsheet with a single click? Simply look for the “Download Historgram Data” at the bottom right portion of any eBird bar chart. By clicking this link you download the species list from the bar chart with weekly frequency values. If you are a wiz at excel, you can use the frequency values to pare the list down to the more frequent species in your area (try summing the frequencies and then sorting by that value). But regardless, it provides a quick way to generate a species list for your area with species names that correspond perfectly to eBird!

Software Needed

eBird Express has been tested in Microsoft Excel 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2010 on Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000.1 If you have Excel 2003 or earlier, you must have the Office compatibility pack installed to use the newer Office files. eBird Express will also likely work on Macs if users run the Windows version of Excel in something like Parallels or Bootcamp.

Future Releases

You are strongly encouraged to use one of these two methods for keeping up with future releases of eBird Express. You can use the following RSS feed.

If you have no idea what RSS is, you can go to FeedMyInbox and enter your email address and copy and paste the above link. You’ll then receive an email whenever new versions of eBird Express are released. (I have no affiliation with this service. I simply find it useful.)

Legal Notice

The code of eBird express is released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license. You can share eBird express, but the license must remain in effect and you must attribute the original source. You also cannot change the code and redistribute eBird express. Finally, you cannot use the work for any commercial purpose.

While the code here has been tested repeatedly under different scenarios and is believed to work properly, by using it you agree to hold its maker harmless from any damages. This code is released WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

This software is released by the author and is not affiliated with or necessarily approved by eBird.

1 Earlier versions of Windows and Excel may very well work too, but I make no guarantees and can’t promise to fix eBird Express for earlier versions.