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  1. Update IOC!!

    Its now April 2019 and the last Bird Journal IOC update was June 2016 (IOC 6.2). The current version published by IOC is 9.1. Its very disappointing when it takes years to update a fundamental taxonomy. This should be the core of Bird Journal and updated as and when a new version is published.

    Unfortunately I am starting to get the feeling that the development (and updating of Bird Journal) is grinding to a halt. We get the occasional new or updated taxonomy created by users themselves, but now almost no in-house developments. Its a shame to see what was…

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  2. Allow the import of Song Recordings not just Photos

    I love that you can upload photos of species taken but I would also like to be able to add mp3 tracks of bird songs I have recording during my observations.

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  3. Entry property is required

    When you create custom entry properties it would be good to force them to be required or not. It is very easy when you start listing in a new entry to forget to enter a property. If this was required when you start a new entry (or not) that would make life much easier and allow this customization to work as intended.

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  4. Allow the Muscovy Duck in Birds of bermuda

    I have seen a group of Muscovy ducks in an Audubon Society réserve in Sandys Bermuda.
    I do not appear to be able to Solent them, even in Birds of Mexico

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  5. Create a link between Apple voice memos and Bird Journal

    It would be great to record your records by voice rather than having to have your head down tapping away on your phone. A simple voice message which creates the record using all the current geo tagging as the message is recorded and then transposing it into the BJ entry for that record. It would mean that I can simply log an entry without having to tap in each element.

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  6. Change pin options

    When you zoom in on the map of your sightings you have a pin with a number on it which denotes how many sightings which then changes colour the further you zoom in until it gives you individual blue pins for your individual sighting. Could we have an option to just have the blue pins on the map whether you're zoomed in or not so you can see clearer each pin and have a better overall idea of where you have been in the country? (hope this makes sense?!)

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  7. Make it easier to change users when multiple users (ie., a couple) are using Bird Journal.

    I currently maintain three lists - hers, mine and ours. It is easy enough to enter data in one list and then export it, and import it into the other lists. However, what takes all the time is retyping in the email addresses and passwords. Even remembering the email addresses would be a big time saver.

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  8. Create a search option

    I noticed that I often find myself searching for a bird within the app. I have never seen an option to search for a certain bird in your seen species tab.

    For the birders amongst us who have seen thousands of birds, it would be very helpful to have a search option to look quickly find a certain bird.

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  9. Make YouTube video around the app as some features are not easy to use

    Example adding sightings to previous entry found by mistake no need to enter new entry for same site just need to edit previous entry for that site and add sightings
    Also help full if in Entry Summary the species could be add along withthe the time and number of species seen

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  10. 100% export of Bird Journal database

    Create a 100% export of Bird journal database. Ebird record format export drops nested location names except for the country as well as any custom properties added by the user. The Bird Journal Record Format exports the custom properties but does not export the nested locations. Additionally, it is not a flat export file and appears the only use of the file is re-importing back into Bird Journal.

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  11. Don't default to Kansas

    Locational issues

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  12. Allow searching in notes (entry and species)

    While properties works well for direct entry it does not work for records imported from other programs where they are or become notes. It would be very handy to be able to search notes for a word or two to assist in editing those records.

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  13. Provide a link to allow registered users to download the latest version of the software

    The website is not clear where you should go to get the download. I have just logged on and received an error message saying sync has failed and i should download the latest version but where is it?

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  14. Include a running species total while recording

    In the early days of Bird Journal. While having the entry page open and still recording there used to be a running species total. I really miss this feature, and hope it is something that could be added back in the future.

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  15. Allow sub-zones within locations

    After 2 years of 'casually' recording species presence/absence on a 38ha site 'Wallaroo' I now want to accurately record with others, species abundance in 9 smaller sections/zones (A, B, C, etc. through to I)

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  16. Allow names of Species to be re-ordered

    6. Species List
    Currently these appear in alpha order but this means all warblers etc are "shuffled" amongst list.
    It would be preferable if all the related species appeared together.

    E.g. Warbler Arctic
    Warbler Reed
    Warbler Ruppell’s
    Warbler Sedge
    Warbler Willow

    It would be more user friendly to have the option to chose the type of sequence in which the species are listed i.e. to have all warblers one after the other.
    The same with doves / finches / gulls etc
    Is there a way that this can be done?

    10 votes
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  17. create a report that lets you view which species seen in past years have not yet been seen this year

    Report that lets you view which species seen in past years have not yet been seen in the current year.

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  18. Western Palearctic life list

    It is quite normal for birders to have a WP life list (as opposed to Europe). How easy is it for you (or me) to create?

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  19. Allow for Genus or "Group" level observations

    For larger flocks of Gulls or Geese allow for an observation of Larus spp. or Branta spp. (or some similar, lower level identification). This would allow for better integration with eBird and data collection.

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  20. Include a hybrid map option on the desktop version as is used on the app.

    Whilst adding my older records on the desktop I'm having to use a map app on my phone to find sites where I've seen certain birds as it's quicker than having to flick between the 2 map options available. A hybrid option which is used on the app would be an excellent addition and save me and others time.

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