[Tweeters] New eBird Policy

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Mon Apr 12 10:07:04 PDT 2021

Recently I've been forced occasionally to log in to eBird in order to use
some features. I queried eBird about the situation. Here is the response.

*Thanks for reaching out to eBird with your question.*

*Over the past year, the eBird website has experienced unusually high
server loads as bird enthusiasts around the world contribute to and explore
eBird data. This increased web activity has caused us to exceed the limits
of the Google Maps platform used by some of our Explore tools. To reduce
this unanticipated burden on our map-based features, it was necessary to
restrict access to some parts of the Explore page to users with registered
eBird accounts.*

*This action allows us to keep eBird observations safe and accessible, so
we can continue to provide fully functional data exploration tools
completely for free.*

*Fortunately, creating an eBird account is 100% free and easy. To get
started, go to the eBird homepage <https://ebird.org/home>, and click on
the green 'Create account' button in the top right corner of the page. You
will be asked to provide your first and last name, your email address, and
to create a username and password (8 characters or more).*

*Thanks again for getting in touch! eBird.*

I guess success has its price. My original concern was that birders who
don't like to sign up for anything might be prevented from using , getting
used to, and eventually joining eBird. Such is life. Bob OBrien Carver
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