The Easiest Way to Map Your eBird History #myebirdhistory

Drew Weber|

I was recently introduced to a mapping website that works well with eBird data by a Facebook post by Ted Floyd. lets you upload simple latitude/longitude data and display it on a map for quick visualization of all sorts of great things, in this case your personal eBird data.

I’ll show you some of the maps I created, and then you can scroll down to see a tutorial on how to make your own eBird History map. Hopefully you’ll give it a try and share it on Facebook or Twitter with tagged with #myebirdhistory for all to see!

The first map I created showed my entire eBirding history at the time, although I’ve since added Spain to my map. There are little blobs of sightings in various states from some of my historical records before eBird was around, but you can see that the majority of my eBirding was in Pennsylvania and New York.

North America

I next zoomed in on Pennsylvania where I have done the most eBirding. Once you zoom in you can see that most of my birding was across the central third of the state, with the bulk of my birding in the counties where I lived– Centre, Lancaster and Berks. It’s also easy to pick out more frequently traveled routes when I was eBirding roadside kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks.



Zooming even further in, I selected just three years and colored the locations by year. These three years (2006-08) were my field seasons for the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, which explains why I might have managed somewhat evenly spaced coverage over the region. There is a pretty extensive area around central PA that I can drive and recognize a spot where I have submitted a  checklist in the past.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (colored by year)

Those were just a few simple examples of my data, and now I would love to see everyone else’s favorite representations of their own birding. Check out the easy instructions below to create your own maps, and make sure you share them!

Download your eBird data

  1. Go to this link
    1. Click the Submit button to have eBird generate a file with all your data
    2. When it arrives in your email inbox, open it up in Excel.

Get the data in the right format

  1. Delete all columns except for the Latitude and Longitude columns
  2. Select both columns, then Remove Duplicates under the Data tab.
    1. This will remove all the duplicate locations so that the map is quicker to load
  3. Copy both columns to your clipboard
    1. Tip: click on one of the latitude values, then select all (Command-A), then copy (Command-C) those values to your clipboard

Make your map

  1. Visit and select their Quick MAP feature.
  2. Paste (Command-V) the latitude and longitude values into the box in the bottom left of the screen
  3. Click Regenerate and enjoy your map!

Share your map on social media!

Advanced ideas

The Custom MAP feature allows you to add additional data in from your eBird data download (or anywhere else!), so you could color your maps by month, color them by year, or any other data that you can match up with your eBird download. Be creative!

About the Author

Drew Weber


Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers. Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is Project Coordinator for the Merlin Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert.