Santa Barbara County eBird Hotspot Gaps

The eBird Hotspot Gaps project aims to increase coverage of under-birded locations across the county. Participants visit eBird Hotspots on weeks with no prior visits in eBird’s historical record and submit complete checklists to eBird.
Filling in these data gaps increases our knowledge of the county’s avifauna and enables analysis to be done for individual Hotspots and wider areas. It could also turn up new or unexpected species for Hotspots that have received less attention than they deserve.

How it works:

  • Every week, administrators send out an email with a list of Hotspot gaps for the coming week.
  • The weekly email will contain a short summary of which Hotspots were covered in the past week and by whom.
  • Refer to this discussion group for instructions or visit the eBird Hotspot Gaps webpage.
  • To participate, simply visit one of the Hotspots in the given week and submit a complete checklist on eBird. For instructions on submitting complete checklists, see HERE
  • A Google Spreadsheet lists the next two weeks' gaps and allows participants to optionally fill in whether they have visited a Hotspot. The spreadsheet also has links to the Hotspots on, where one can see if any checklists have been submitted in the current week.
  • Reports of interesting sightings and other reflections on the project can be sent to this discussion group.
Find a list of Santa Barbara County eBird Hotspots HERE
eBird Hotspot FAQ's can be found HERE

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