Notable sightings

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Description

Returns the most recent notable observations by either latitude/longitude, hotspot or location ID, or particular region.

Usage

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ebirdnotable(lat = NULL, lng = NULL, dist = NULL, locID = NULL,
  region = NULL, regtype = NULL, back = NULL, max = NULL,
  locale = NULL, provisional = FALSE, hotspot = FALSE, simple = TRUE,
  sleep = 0, ...)

Arguments

lat

Decimal latitude. value between -90.00 and 90.00, up to two decimal places of precision.

lng

Decimal longitude. value between -180.00 and 180.00, up to two decimal places of precision.

dist

Distance defining radius of interest from given lat/lng in kilometers (between 0 and 50, defaults to 25)

locID

Vector containing code(s) for up to 10 locations of interest.

region

Region code corresponding to selected region type. For supported region and coding, see https://confluence.cornell.edu/display/CLOISAPI/eBird-1.1-RegionCodeReference

regtype

Region type you are interested in. can be "country" (e.g. "US"), "subnational1" (states/provinces, e.g. "US-NV") or "subnational2" (counties, not yet implemented, e.g. "US-NY-109"). Default behavior is to try and match according to the region specified.

back

Number of days back to look for observations (between 1 and 30, defaults to 14).

max

Maximum number of result rows to return in this request (between 1 and 10000, defaults to all).

locale

Language/locale of response (when translations are available). See http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/api/java/util/Locale.html (defaults to en_US).

provisional

Should flagged records that have not been reviewed be included? (defaults to FALSE)

hotspot

Should results be limited to sightings at birding hotspots? (defaults to FALSE).

simple

Logical. Whether to return a simple (TRUE, default) or detailed (FALSE) set of results fields.

sleep

Time (in seconds) before function sends API call (defaults to zero. Set to higher number if you are using this function in a loop with many API calls).

...

Curl options passed on to GET

Value

A data.frame containing the collected information:

"comName": species common name

"howMany": number of individuals observed, NA if only presence was noted

"lat": latitude of the location

"lng": longitude of the location

"locID": unique identifier for the location

"locName": location name

"locationPrivate": TRUE if location is not a birding hotspot

"obsDt": observation date formatted according to ISO 8601 (e.g. 'YYYY-MM-DD', or 'YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm'). Hours and minutes are excluded if the observer did not report an observation time.

"obsReviewed": TRUE if observation has been reviewed, FALSE otherwise

"obsValid": TRUE if observation has been deemed valid by either the automatic filters or a regional viewer, FALSE otherwise

"sciName" species' scientific name

"subnational2Code": county code (returned if simple=FALSE)

"subnational2Name": county name (returned if simple=FALSE)

"subnational1Code": state/province ISO code (returned if simple=FALSE)

"subnational1Name": state/province name (returned if simple=FALSE)

"countryCode": country ISO code (returned if simple=FALSE)

"countryName": country name (returned if simple=FALSE)

"firstName": observer's first name (returned if simple=FALSE)

"lastName": observer's last name (returned if simple=FALSE)

"subID": submission ID (returned if simple=FALSE)

"obsID": observation ID (returned if simple=FALSE)

"checklistID": checklist ID (returned if simple=FALSE)

"presenceNoted": 'true' if user marked presence but did not count the number of birds. 'false' otherwise (returned if simple=FALSE)

Note

ebirdnotable requires that either latitude/longitude, location ID, or region be passed to the function. Multiple entries will result in the most specific being used. If none is supplied, defaults to lat/lng based on your IP.

Author(s)

Rafael Maia rm72@zips.uakron.edu

References

http://ebird.org/

Examples

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## Not run: 
ebirdnotable(lat=42, lng=-70)
ebirdnotable(region='US', max=10)
ebirdnotable(region='US-OH', regtype='subnational1')

## End(Not run)