This helper function can be used to get the path to a data package for a given species to be used by the various data loading functions.

get_species_path(species, path = ebirdst_data_dir())



character; a single species given as a scientific name, common name or six-letter species code (e.g. woothr). The full list of valid species is can be viewed in the ebirdst_runs data frame included in this package. To download the example dataset, use "example_data".


character; directory to download the data to. All downloaded files will be placed in a sub-directory of this directory named for the data version year, e.g. "2020" for the 2020 Status Data Products. Each species' data package will then appear in a directory named with the eBird species code. Defaults to a persistent data directory, which can be found by calling ebirdst_data_dir().


The path to the data package directory.


if (FALSE) {
# download the example data

# get the path
path <- get_species_path("example_data")

# use it to load data
abd <- load_raster(path, "abundance")

# get the path to the full data package for yellow-bellied sapsucker
# common name, scientific name, or species code can be used
path <- get_species_path("Yellow-bellied Sapsucker")
path <- get_species_path("Sphyrapicus varius")
path <- get_species_path("yebsap")