As a long-term user of the site I have witnessed its evolution from an innovative bird-list recording device to the massive data-bank which it has now become. It remains an indispensable tool for helping me to keep track of my bird sightings and much else besides. Their support is very fast and good new features - sometimes initiated by me or other members - come on board regularly. I can recommend "GT" to all serious global birders as the best thing that is out there.
...working through my "extralimital" species after the conversion of my data is a great exercise, helping me to clean up some improperly entered species and adjust subspecies allocations. What a great product you have!
Marcel Holyoak, Los Gatos, California
Online programs like eBird and iGoTerra seem the way to go. Both have a version that will run on a phone (iPhone or Android) or iPad that allows upload of information, and the iGoTerra one allows more display of information. Both involve a bit of learning, probably a bit more for eBird because their data entry requirements are stricter. eBird doesn't do the things that BirdArea would do, such as pull up country lists with how many birds you could see, whereas the subscription version of iGoTerra does this extremely well. The choice of checklist is also different, with eBird using its own list, which is different from Clements (close to it), and iGoTerra allowing you to select any version of Clements or the IOC list.
iGoTerra also handles subspecies very well, with lots of information in it from Clements (or IOC) about the distribution of subspecies. I chose iGoTerra on the basis of its flexibility and that it does direct imports from BirdBase data exchange files. The upload from BirdBase for 93K records (species x sites x dates) to iGoTerra took me about a day. It has a good utility for handling taxonomic revisions, which is why some world birders recommended it to me. The summary of which country to go next feature and country lists are very nice and much more straightforward than doing equivalent things in BirdArea (with your BirdBase info).
Overall I'm a satisfied iGoTerra customer and feel like it is a more flexible and birder oriented tool compared to eBird. There is also a direct export from iGoTerra to eBird option so you can transfer info to eBird if you wish. iGoTerra can also store other records, like mammals, fish, whatever you choose.
iGoTerra is an incredible site and it gets better and better! I can keep precise records of my birds and mammals that I have always been interested in and iGoTerra has inspired me to start looking at other groups such as insects, plants and fungi. I also use it daily as a reference to check i.e. the scientific name and distribution for birds and other animals. Its also great fun to see where people have been and what theyve seen and it helps when to prepare for future trips. There is nothing comparable on the web for someone like me with a wide interest in the animal kingdom.
I have been a member of Globaltwitcher since 2008 when the site was still in it's infancy. As someone that spent almost as much time on my listing spreadsheets as I did in the field, I was in desperate need of a multi-level, organised listing capability. In Globaltwitcher, I found the only site that could maintain not only my bird lists, but all my observations covering mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc. As the years passed, Globaltwitcher changed from a small side project to a fully operational and functional listing site. The more members that joined, the more requirements had to be met, from updating taxonomy to providing a multi-level taxonomic approach (IOC/Clements for example).
I'd like to think that the upgrading and changing of interface coupled with with the recent site name change has projected the site into the upper realms of professional listing. Perhaps more importantly than anything else, the site is owned, designed and maintained by dedicated listers - people who understand how other listers think! Some of the new features are mindblowing - extremely accurate country lists, shared observation capability, new country lifer projections, dedicated area forums. It would seem to me that we are in the process of delivering a website that covers not only post-trip listing, but the hardcore logistics needed to plan trips. I work as a guide for the largest bird tour company in the world, so it came with a great sense of personal satisfaction recently when fellow guides told me that a number of their clients had used the listing data on iGoTerra to plan their trips in advance!
One thing I am certain of, the site will never be complete. Both new and old members alike will always have new and improved ideas for the site, taxonomy is ever changing - but my lists will live on forever!
Bo Beolens, Fatbirder
iGoTerra offers cloud-based services to record, manage and share all their wildlife observations, lists, photos and trips. They asked me to test the system to see if it met my needs to and I was pleasantly surprised that among its complex offer it could not only cater for my minimalist needs but also keep tabs on the ever changing world of taxonomy for me. No longer do I need to trawl through the web tosee what’s been split or lumped by DNA sequencing, iGoTerra will update my lists automatically! I can even chose which checklist authority I want to be guided by (in my case IOC). Not only are the species themselves updated but the system is too and you don’t have to wait for a CD to arrive nor download an upgrade to the app… it all goes on in the background for you. Cloud-based services do, of course, offer many advantages. Read full review
iGoTerra is an invaluable resource. It's the only place where you can record ALL of your wildlife sightings: from birds and fish to amoeba and everything in between! The sight is full of information and user photos to help with your research in planning a trip or just general knowledge. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you should join!
C. Michael Hogan
PhD, President Lumina Technologies, California, USA
iGoTerra is the most valuable website available to log worldwide geo-codable sightings of all biota. The database is very helpful, in that observations from hundreds of other naturalists are also viewable, sorted by country. Administrators are also prompt in adding new taxa that are not already in the vast database. The taxon information and range information are generally some of the best sources of information on the internet for a given species. Finally the variety of images compiled provides a useful ID source for others.
I am very often uploading photos of plants and it can't be more simple than iGoTerra.
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