How to use this page (print for future reference)
The below is the step by step instructions.
1. You need to register with your name, country and a working e-mail by clicking on “sign-up” on www.birdingperu.com/forums/expeditionbirding. (Note that we respect your privacy. Your e-mail will never be sold or transferred to a third party. Any future mailings you may receive will come from us and have an opt-out option that will be respected.) Obviously, it is important that the users can be identified so any misuse can be stopped. Fill in the form and send.
2. Within 24 hours you will be notified that you have been accepted and you can start recording your observations.
3. When you receive your acceptance go to www.birdingperu.com/forums/expeditionbirding The expedition birding birds are ordered more or less taxonomically with 100 species per page view. There is a very fast search function where bits of English names or scientific names can be searched for. Points mentioned are the current for 2004.
Some birds may show 0 points on this list. This means that they have had a threat status in the past but now are considered without risk. Present observations of such species do not give points, but if you recorded such a bird in the past you will be given the corresponding points. There is a country column where the countries of its distribution will be shown, when range data has been included. And finally there is the view icon that will change to red when the overall distribution has been completed.
4. Click on the name or the view icon and a page with distribution and observations will appear.
5. a).As long as the Expedition Birding pages are being constructed you may help us inserting as complete as possible the range data for species you have knowledge of. a. Select the countries from which the birds have been recorded. Click next.
b). A new window asking for cardinal points where the birds have been recorded within a country. It can be general or more specific. If it has been recorded all over the country check all four of the major cardinal’s points. The cardinal points are shortened (North, South, East, West and Central) by a one letter code N, S, E, W and C. Click next when this is done.
c). Here you are required to fill in or select a region for each country. Click new region for each country if there is no data inserted. You can mention a general geographic area, an island group or island, a mountain range and even departments, regions or states. Click save for each region added.
d). You can go on filling in sub regions as well – (optional but it will future users if you do). When you click next you may fill in other comments on the distribution.
e. Click save and in a few seconds you will be back at the species account page.
6. If you do not have full knowledge of the range you may nevertheless record you observation. You can create new localities for your observation which will be included in the range data. Slowly but surely a data base for localities of where to see a specific species will be collected. Do the following.
a). Click “add observation”
b). Choose observation date (minimum year-month and day optional),
c). Check a location. If your location is not listed, click “Here” to add a new location. If there are no distribution data listed at all, you may still add country, region and subregion. The subregion is usually the name of the specific locality where you have seen the bird.
d). Add coordinates if you have them (optional but useful)
e). Add your sighting note (optional but very useful for other users)
f). upload your record.
7. Recently we have added various ways of retrieving data from the data base. We will improve these features little by little. Please let Humberto Romero firstname.lastname@example.org know if there are features you miss or if there are improvements to be made.
8. Happy Expedition Birding!