[Tweeters] New eBird Policy

Doug Santoni dougsantoni at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 11:48:42 PDT 2021

Fellow Tweeters — Seeing the message below, I wanted to remind folks that eBird is just one of the many great things that’s being done by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Please keep them in mind when you're considering charitable giving!

Doug Santoni
Doug Santoni at gmail dot com
Seattle, WA

> On Apr 12, 2021, at 10:07 AM, Robert O'Brien <baro at pdx.edu> wrote:


> 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 OR

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