Note: To be current with eBird, install the 2016 Taxonomy Update for AviSys.
eBird to AviSys checklist import will convert one or more (up to 20) eBird checklist files (in csv format) into an AviSys stream file with which you can import the data into AviSys (Version 6).
If AviSys does not recognize a species name while importing a stream file, it will skip that sighting record. (It will tell you!) You might want to edit the csv file before uploading it, to make sure that all species names that will go into the stream file are ones that will be recognized by AviSys. Important: if you edit the file in Excel, be sure to save it back in csv format, not as an xls or xlsx file!
One prominent difference between eBird names and AviSys names is that eBird accepts certain names with parenthetic qualifiers, e.g., “Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)”. You don't need to worry about these cases! eBird to AviSys checklist import will remove the parenthetic part of the name and insert it at the beginning of the AviSys comment.
Another difference is that eBird allows “sp” entries. You can either delete these before importing, or just let AviSys ignore them.
Finally, there might be some real differences between the nomenclature of eBird and AviSys, depending on timing of updates, etc. If you know about any such differences in advance, you can alter names in your csv file before uploading. Otherwise, AviSys will skip the unrecognized name during the import, and you will need to enter the record manually, using the name that AviSys recognizes.
You should be able to import any validly formatted csv file that contains at least four columns headed "species", "count", "location", and "date" or "observation date", and optionally a "comments" column and/or a "country" column. The order of columns and presence of other columns does not matter. The date can be in most any recognizable format.
Read the tutorial on using AviSys stream files to import data if you are not familiar with the process.