I’ve been working for quite awhile to put all of my old field notes, dating back to before college, into eBird. As much as there is some degree of romanticism to keeping all of your observations in hard-bound field notebooks, the simple fact is that the days of exploring the complete unknown and having your field notes poured over by academia after your death are pretty much over. Rather than commit my life’s observations to the landfill after I’m gone, I figure they should do some good as part of the eBird project at Cornell Laboratory where they are accessible to the public along with data from tens of thousands of other observers across the globe, potentially contributing to science right away. I now enter the vast majority of my field observations directly into eBird using the BirdLog app on my phone. The map below shows the locations I’ve entered data for to-date.