eBird Express Screenshots
The following screenshots should give you some idea of what using eBird Express involves. They’re here to wet your appetite.
You create new, blank checklists from a template in Excel. This gives you a spreadsheet with all the birds for a region. You then fill out your checklists and process the file for uploading into eBird.
Ribbon Button in Excel 2007
The controls for eBird Express show up only when you’re viewing an eBird Express template or an unprocessed checklist. Otherwise, the control doesn’t appear in Excel. In 2007, the controls show up as a button on the ribbon. In Excel 2003 and earlier, the controls appear as a custom menu between the file and edit menus.
When it’s time to process your file, you simply click on the eBird icon. (Excel 2003 and earlier users choose “Process for eBird” from the eBird express menu.)
Ribbon Button with Options Menu in Excel 2007
Valid Taxonomy Message
One nice feature is that you can check the taxonomy on a checklist to make sure it’s valid for eBird. This is helpful when you make a new template or add species to a checklist not on the template.
Validation Error When Trying to Process Checklist
Validation errors appear in red and display a message with the problem.
Success Message After Processing Checklist
If no validation errors occur when processing a checklist, this success message is displayed.
CSV File Output to the Desktop
Processing a checklist sends a .CSV (comma separated values) file to the desktop. This is a text file in the format that you can upload directly into eBird.
Archive File Saved to a Folder of Your Choice
eBird Express can also save a copy for your archives. Notice that any columns you didn’t use and any species you didn’t see are automatically removed from the archive file when you process a checklist.