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Add or modify observations in a lifelist : shows the list of species within a geographic region, along with associated dates and observation details from your lifelist. You can use this tool to edit individual species observations. If no region is selected, all observations from the lifelist are displayed. You can also ask to display all observations from your lifelist, or only those found in a region, as well as pick a host of different display options.
Show differences between 2 taxonomies: shows the differences in concepts between 2 taxonomic authorities. This allows you for instance to quickly update your list to correct for differences in treatment between 2 authorities, or following the publication of an updated taxonomy (e.g. going from version 2.12 to 3.02 of the IOC checklist. It is important to understand that your lifelist observations are linked to taxonomic concepts that uniquely describe biological populations. Different authorities often share the same concepts (although they may use different names to describe them). Likewise, different authorities may use the same name to describe 2 different population concepts. In the resulting table, look at the "authority" column to find taxa that are only recognized by one of the 2 authorities. Taxon concepts may be in appearance the same (same scientific and common name), but those that differ will to different populations that only partly overlap. For a complete list of concepts, select the Avibase taxonomic concepts checklist as one of the authorities.
Looks for possible splits or errors: shows the species found within an area that you do not have within your lifelist, but for which you only have reported another related species concepts that includes it. For instance, you may have entered the Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes sensu lato) in your lifelist, but have not yet entered the Pacific, Winter, or Eurasian Wrens. This tool also shows you species where there may a problem with the observation date: cases where a form that is split has an earlier date than the form where it is included. With the same example, if the observation date for Pacific Wren pre-dates the observation date for the Winter Wren sensu lato.
Import checklist data from a file on your computer: allows you to import your lifelist from another program (such as eBird). You must select a lifelist where your observations will be added, and indicate which taxonomic authority used to describe your species names.. Observations will also automatically be added or updated for linked parent species concepts and linked checklists. For instance, if you import an observation of Baltimore Oriole in your Manitoba lifelist, the observation date can also be compared to your Canadian and your global lifelists and the earliest date will be preserved. Finally, the parent species concept Northern Oriole (which includes Bullock's and Baltimore Orioles) will also be updated if needed. Note that some species concepts only partly overlap between taxonomies (e.g. when only some of the subspecies are reassigned to a new species), and you may need to use the taxonomic tools on this page to manually resolve these observations. Records that have failed to make it into Avibase from earlier imports can also be managed using this page.
Import checklist data from your eBird account: allows you to import your lifelists from eBird. You must select a lifelist where your observations will be added. Only lifelists that are associated with a region that is compatible with eBird regions are available for import. Observations that are tranfered from eBird will also automatically be added or updated for linked parent species concepts and linked checklists. For instance, if you import an observation of Baltimore Oriole in your Manitoba lifelist, the observation date can also be compared to your Canadian and your global lifelists and the earliest date will be preserved. Finally, the species concept Northern Oriole (now split into Bullock's and Baltimore Orioles) will also be updated as needed. Note that some species concepts only partly overlap between taxonomies (e.g. when only some of the subspecies are reassigned to a new species), and you may need to use the taxonomic tools on this page to manually resolve these observations. Records that have failed to make it into Avibase from earlier imports can also be managed using this page.

Export checklist data to a file: allows you to export your lifelists in Comma-delimited text files (CSV format), included in single ZIP archive. You can select the taxonomy of your choice, but only the Avibase Taxonomic Concepts authority will ensure that all the taxonomic concepts are included. The Avibase Taxonomic Concept authority includes all concepts from all authorities available in Avibase, including species, subspecies, forms, etc.

Select the lifelists that you would like to export and click Continue. Hold the CTRL or Command key to select multiple lifelists or click here to select all lifelists.

Recover your lifelists from the last nightly backup: allows you to recover a copy of your lifelist data from the previous day. You can use this option in case of severe problems affecting your checklists. For instance, if you imported data in the wrong lifelist and accidentally overwrote data, or accidentally deleted or cleared a checklist. Copies of the lifelists are made every night just after midnight (Eastern Time, Canada). You can also manually request a backup of your data, but note that only the most recent backup is available for restoring with this method. If you would like to keep more backup copies, you can also export your lifelists to CSV files that you can save on your own computer, something I strongly encourage you to do periodically regardless as a safety against unexpected problems. To recover all lifelists, including those that you may have deleted entirely, you can use the Recover all button. In all cases, new checklists that have been created since the last backup will be preserved after the restore.

Select the lifelists that you would like to recover from the most recent backup and click Continue. Hold the CTRL or Command key to select multiple lifelists or click here to select all lifelists.

Manage the records that failed to import from a file or from eBird: allows you to fix records that have failed to make it into Avibase during an earlier import attempt (from a file or from eBird) and attempt to import them again. The default import process requires that you identify what taxonomy you use, but this tool allows you to look for all possible synonyms of scientific and common names available in Avibase (nearly 700,000 names in 225 languages). Only records that have failed to import because they could not be matched to a taxonomy are available. Records that have been successfully imported are not saved.

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Look for inconsistencies between linked checklists. This tool returns observations that are not consistent with other checklists that are linked to it. These problems may happen if you for example delete an observation from a country checklist, but forget to also make the change in continental checklist to which it is linked. The report returns all records from linked checklists for which there is no records in source checklists, or for which the observation date is earlier than any of the source checklists. Note that in many cases, these observations may be valid if you do not keep complete records of your observations.

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