Before the event

You will want register your team at the official event website.

Visit WSB website
The 2016 WSB app is installed through your browser, and fully supports iPhone and Android devices.

Follow the instructions on the Installation page to add it to your phone.

Installation Instructions
Not a problem. If you can’t find the email with the link, just send us an email and we will get that link right out to you again.

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You should select a single device to do all your recording. Your team list is stored on the phone and synced to the server and needs to come from a single phone.

The app will check to make sure you only have the checklist installed and working on one device at a time, so you shouldn’t run into any issues.

This is easily done!

First, open the app on the phone it was originally installed on. Open the side drawer with the icon in the top left, then tap the Reset All button at the bottom of the drawer. Confirm that you are resetting it.

After the app has been reset, you can install on your second device. Just open up that URL that we sent you originally on the new phone you want to install the app to. Follow the installation instructions and you should be all good to go!

If you run into any errors, just send us an email and we will make sure you can get it installed on the second phone.
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The app sends updates to the server every 30 seconds while the app is open. You shouldn’t have to worry about this though as it backs up to the phone, and syncs while you are editing your list.
To prevent any inadvertent unchecking of a species you have seen, we made it a little more difficult to remove a bird from your list. If you find yourself in this situation, just top the arrow on the right side of the screen, and tap the checkbox at the top, labeled On the list (uncheck to remove from list). Easy right? Just click submit to save, and that bird will be unchecked, just waiting for you to find it later in the day!

 

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During the event

The flags indicate that these species are uncommon or rare for the event.

Uncommon (1⚐)
Uncommon species require location and time information to be added before they are accepted on your official team list.

Rare (2⚐)
Rare species require additional information to be added, including a description of how you ruled out similar birds.

The app will note which types of documentation are required. Location and time are required for all flagged birds, and for rare birds you will also need to add a text description.

A good description will note ID characteristics you used to reach that identification, as well as how you ruled out similar species.

Give us a call at xxx-xxx-xxxx if you run into any problems.
You can toggle 95% birds on and off by clicking on the arrow on the right side of each bird. This opens up the extra info page where you can indicate that it is a 95% bird that not all your team members have seen. Later if the rest of your team has managed to spot that bird, you can open up the extra info screen and remove the 95% bird check and submit it.

95%

See event rules for 95% birds
You can quickly see which birds are on your list as 95% birds by clicking on the filter icon in the upper right of the screen. This will drop down a list of options, and you can select to see any subset of your checklist including:

  1. rare birds still needing documentation
  2. birds still flagged as 95% birds
  3. only birds on your list
  4. only uncommon birds
  5. only rare birds

This is a handy way to quickly see a smaller list of birds.

Sometimes you just can’t make that tricky identification, but you know it was one of a group of species.

A bird identified as to one of a species or group (i.e., scaup either greater or lesser) may be counted as a species, if no
other bird in that group appears on your list.

FOR EXAMPLE: Scaup sp. counts as one bird. Greater Scaup and scaup sp. still counts as just one bird.

To add a ‘spuh’ to your list in the app, you can add it as a write-in species.

  1. Tap the search bar and start typing in your spuh. ex. chickadee sp.
  2. Select the Write-in Species button at the bottom of the list.
  3. Add any details, and click submit.

Remember, when you add any other bird in that group, remove the spuh from your list.

After the event

When your day is done, which can be anytime of the day, but certainly at or before midnight, you submit your final numbers by opening up the sidedrawer menu of the WSB app and tapping on the End Day button at the bottom. First make sure to review the stats in the sidedrawer to make sure everything looks correct, this will be your teams final score!

Tapping the End Day button will tell the app to check and make sure all documentation for rare birds has been submitted, and give you a final chance to make any changes. When you are sure, click on the “Yes, I’m Done” button and your final numbers will be transmitted to the WSB folks at the finish line.

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If using paper, only official WSB checklists will be accepted. Checklists can be submitted in person, e-mailed to wsb@njaudubon.org. E-mail documents will be time stamped. If taking a photo- graph of a list and sending it via e-mail from your phone, be sure it is well lighted and readable, otherwise it will not be accepted. In case of duplicate transmissions, the earliest time stamped document is the only one accepted.

View event rules for finishing