Marked Birds Database – Version 1.9.0 available

I’m happy to announce the release of the Marked Birds Database version 1.9.0. It contains one main new feature, some efficiency improvements and some fixes.

A link to the download file as well as instructions about installing, setting up and using the database can be found on the Marked Birds Database page.

Users who are using an older version can import their data into the new version.

Support for BirdRing

The main new feature that has been added is the option to import observations that have been logged on a smart phone using BirdRing.

In short, BirdRing allows you to store an observation of a ringed bird on your phone and subsequently submit it over the Internet to the project it belongs. Apart from having direct access to the ringing details while out in the field (while you’re looking at the bird!), it saves you a lot of manual administration afterwards.

birdring-how-it-works

(Image: copyright BirdRing)

One other feature of BirdRing is the ability to send the entered observations to yourself by e-mail as a .csv file which can then be opened in Excel for personal use.

I have used this feature to make it possible to import the observations into the Marked Birds Database. Again this saves a lot of manual work.

birdring-import-results

See this feature demonstrated here:

For more information, see Importing observations from BirdRing.

Efficiency improvements

Minor changes have been made with the aim to improve working with the database.

  • A message is now shown when an observation has no observers assigned. Under certain circumstances, an observation can be created with no observers assigned. When saving the observation, a check is now done and a message is shown when the list of observers is empty.
  • The tabs in the Observation Details layout now indicate when they contain data. Some of the fields of an observation are placed in a tab. In previous versions it was not possible to see if the fields in a tab contained data other than by accessing that tab. In the new version, the title of the tab shows if the fields contain data: the Observers tab shows the number of observers while for all other tabs (with the exception of the Images tab) an asterisk is placed next to the title.

observation-details-tabs

  • Set the observation date to today automatically or by one mouse-click. When adding observations, it is very likely that they have been made today. To speed up the process of entering an observation, you can have the observation date automatically set to today when the observation is created, and/or display a button on the Observation Details layout with which you can manually set the observation to today. Both options are enabled by default but can be disabled through Manage > MBDB – Preferences > Features.

observation-today-button

preferences-features-1-9-0

  • An observation on the Bird Overview layout now shows if primary moult has been added. When viewing a list of observations on the Bird Overview layout, a label named ‘PM’ is now shown if that observation has primary moult data added. Hovering the mouse over the label shows a summary of the primary moult, while clicking the label opens the primary moult tab for that observation.

observation-pm-summary

  • (Windows only) During the process of adding a bird, less flickering takes places caused by switching to various layouts.

List of improvements

  • MBDB-748 – Support for BirdRing
  • MBDB-788 – Set observation date with one click
  • MBDB-802 – Batch update Current Age: change text in confirmation message
  • MBDB-807 – Observations: show message when no observer is added
  • MBDB-810 – Observation details: Show number of observers in Observers tab
  • MBDB-811 – Observation details: show in tab when Notes are added
  • MBDB-812 – Observation details: show in tab when Primary moult is added
  • MBDB-813 – Observation details: show in tab when Interactions are added
  • MBDB-814 – Prevent supporting layouts from displaying when adding birds on Windows
  • MBDB-815 – Prevent script steps from unnecessarily executing for off-screen layouts
  • MBDB-818 – Add Preference to automatically set date of new observation to today
  • MBDB-819 – Bird Overview: Show that primary moult data is available for an observation
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