Terms of Use


We do not store any other personal information apart from your name and email address. Your email address may be used by the Orniverse team to contact you but will not be visible to Orniverse users or distributed outside Orniverse. Personal information that you provide on your public profile, in your reports or in site descriptions is by default visible to everyone.

In order to best protect your transmitted data (including login data), this website uses SSL encryption. You can recognize such encrypted connections with the prefix "https://" in the page link in the address bar of your browser. All data that you submit to this website can not be read by third parties.

Our site uses cookies to enhance user experience and to ensure the correct functioning of the website. Web browsers place cookies on their user’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes and to track information about users. Users may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. However, if they do so, note that some parts of the site will not function properly.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Please note that this website initializes Google Analytics with the setting "anonymizeIp". This guarantees anonymized data collection by masking the last part of your IP address. Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found here.

You can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available here.

We also offer you the option of disabling the collection of your usage data for this website by clicking on the following link: Disabling Google Analytics data collection for this website. In this case, a special opt-out cookie will be set which prevents the future collection of your usage data when you visit this website. The opt-out works only in this browser and for this domain. If you delete your cookies in this browser, you must click the above link again.

Sharing buttons: This website uses privacy-proof "Shariff" buttons. Shariff enables website users to share their favorite content without compromising their privacy. More information about the Shariff project can be found here.


All the data and images uploaded by users on our website will be covered under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Images may, for instance, be distributed on Orniverse’s social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with appropriate credit (photographer name). Site descriptions and trip reports including species lists, bird sightings with details like associated location, and travel information provided by users can be viewed and distributed entirely or in parts with appropriate credit (author name) by anybody and may be used by Orniverse to create species lists, calculate statistics or display distribution maps.

Orniverse reserves the right to hand on data like sightings for conservation or scientific purposes. However, data in reports that has been hidden by the author and data from unpublished reports will only be shared with permission from the observer.

Most of the content on Orniverse is generated by users. You are not permitted to use copyrighted information for that purpose. In case you are, please make sure you have permission from the copyright holder.


Orniverse adopts appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password and data stored on our site. We do daily backups of all the data stored on our site. However, to the extent permitted by law, Orniverse will not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatever (including without limitation loss of business, opportunity, data, profits) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website.

Orniverse may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others. Such links may be set by the Orniverse team or by users. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.

These terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Switzerland and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Switzerland courts.

If you have any questions about these terms of use, the practices of this site or your dealings with this site, please contact us.

Orniverse may update these terms of use at any time. When we do, we will revise the date at the bottom of this page and send an email to registered users.

Terms of use were last updated on 14 June 2021

Orniverse: Terms of Use