Night birding is unique, and many birders really enjoy it; being out at night reveals a magical world of animals that you may never meet during daytime visits to a location. But many folks told us that they need more guidance and tips about night atlasing, which led to this second part in our Guide to Nocturnal Atlasing series.
Although Part 1 provided a broad overview, this installment goes deeper in outlining everything you need to know about the how, when, and where to help you have safe and productive night expeditions. Nocturnal effort for the Atlas is lagging a bit so far, but with your help we can get to where we need to be, all while having fun and perhaps adding some new birds along the way!
Night birding can be great fun. It can also be daunting for various reasons — maybe you don’t know how, don’t know what you’re hearing, or don’t feel safe. But at least two night visits are required for a block to be considered complete, and as of now, many blocks are only “almost complete” save for this nocturnal effort. To help atlasers overcome some of the barriers to night birding, we’ve developed a three-part series detailing the ins and outs of this Atlas component. In this first installment we provide a broad overview of the process with intention of digging deeper later in the series.
The new year is an exciting time for birders, because with January 1 comes a clean slate and a perfect opportunity to set new birding goals for the coming year. Will this be the year you finally find your nemesis bird? Will you hit the 100, 500, or 1000 checklist mark? Of course, in hopes the Atlas figures prominently in your 2017 goals, we’ve compiled a handy list of our favorite challenge ideas.
We often turn the spotlight on the many volunteers who are so vital to making the Atlas a success. But in addition to our volunteers, there are a handful of project leaders who work tirelessly year round to help pull off this massive effort.
This month, meet Atlas Coordinator Nick Anich of Ashland County!
With the addition this past year of Mississippi Kite to Wisconsin’s breeding avifauna, what species will be next? What should we be on the lookout for? What species is most likely in your neck of the woods?
We are happy to announce there are now several ways to see which blocks are complete. A completed block is not closed, so if your home or favorite birding spot is in a complete block, you can continue to enter checklists, BUT with over 1,200 blocks to cover, being aware of which blocks are already complete can help us all direct attention to the blocks that need it most.
Who are our incredible volunteers? With more than 1,100 Atlasers, it’s no surprise that once you get past the binoculars our volunteers 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 as we wrap up our second year and start looking ahead to 2017.
This month, meet Maia Persche of Sauk County!
Wondering how to code a certain behavior for a certain species? You asked for it, here it is — a complete guide to which codes are good for which species and which aren’t.
We estimate that 240 species of birds will be confirmed as breeding in Wisconsin over the five-year period of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. To help us raise critical funding to support this intensive effort, we offer birders the opportunity to “sponsor” their favorite species through our popular Sponsor-a-Species campaign.
You may have heard that we are also running point count surveys as part of the atlas. In this article we introduce this wing of the atlas effort, explain how it’s gathering critical information for conservation efforts in the state, and report on some very preliminary results from 2016.