As the season starts to slow down and we all begin to review our checklists collected during 2017, we thought it would be informative to share with everyone the results of the data review of 2015 and 2016 data. In general, we’re seeing lots of good information rolling in, but there are a few common pitfalls that everyone should be aware of.
There are a lot of blocks remaining in which just 15 more confirmations will complete the block. This is prime time to observe later-season codes like CF (Carrying Food), FL (Recently Fledged Young), and FY (Feeding Young [out of the nest]).
Read on to find out hints for turning those probable species into confirmations!
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to share July birding with others. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 eligible shared checklists during July. Each shared checklist that you’re a part of gives you one chance to win. These lists may be shared with you from another person, or shared from you to someone else—the only thing is that all people on the shared checklist were birding together. These checklists must be entered, shared, and accepted by the last day of the month. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Although July is sometimes thought of as a ‘slow month’ for birding, there is actually a ton to learn, see, and share with friends. Read on to see some of the ways that we enjoy birding in July.
As we head into July and more eggs hatch, your focus should increasingly be on picking up those confirmed codes, with behaviors like CF (Carrying Food), FL (Recently Fledged Young), and FY (Feeding Young). Read on for a few tips on some of the easiest species you can use to pad your block totals.
Father’s Day is near, and the graduation and wedding season is here. If you’ve got a bird lover on your gift list, consider giving the unique gift of species sponsorship!
There are 40+ Wisconsin breeding species yet to be claimed through the Sponsor-a-Species program, a major source of support for the Atlas. Popular species like Northern Saw-whet Owl and Ruby-crowned Kinglet remain, and every dollar of every sponsorship helps support this important citizen science project.
Who are our incredible Atlas volunteers? It turns out that once you get past the binoculars, our team is as varied as the bird species they observe. This series turns the spotlight on a few of the many dedicated men and women who have helped the Atlas achieve such tremendous success to date.
This month, meet Dan Belter of Marathon County!
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, gives you a chance to improve our knowledge of breeding birds across the world. In much of the world, June is a critical time in the annual cycle of many birds, as they build nests, hatch chicks, and hopefully fledge young—perpetuating the existence of their species. Even if June isn’t peak breeding season near you, there are still many signs of breeding to be found wherever you are! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 eligible checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. eBird Mobile now lets you enter breeding codes on your mobile checklists, so taking part is easier than ever. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.
Right now terns are moving into the state and will soon be nesting in colonies at waterbodies across Wisconsin. Read more to learn which species are in your area, and how to find them!
Who are the incredible volunteers who make the Atlas “go”? It turns out that once you get past the binoculars—or in this case, the camera—our Atlasers are as varied as the bird species they observe. This series turns the spotlight on a few of the many dedicated men and women who have helped the Atlas achieve such tremendous success to date.
This month, meet Lorri Howski of Milwaukee County!
Certain waterbird species typically breed in colonies. Preferred spots to find colonial nesters are sites that are protected from predation like an island, a lakeshore, a beaverpond, or even in the cases of some gulls, the roof of a building. Because breeding only occurs in colonial situations, seeing these species in your block is not necessarily indicative of local breeding because they range widely, and therefore codes like H and P are generally not useful for these species. Similarly, FL and FY codes away from nest sites are not reliable because these species disperse widely once fledged.
Check out the tips in this article and then check the blocks around you for some colonial waterbirds!