Well, we are past the halfway point! We now have three years complete, and only two years of field work to go. Our first order of business is to bestow a HUGE THANK YOU to the now over 1,400 atlasers who have contributed to Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II to date. This project would not be possible without you. BUT, we’ve still got 900 blocks to complete. Read on for a recap of this year’s results and start planning your atlasing for 2018!
The Atlas couldn’t happen without its volunteers, and every atlaser brings a distinct set of talents to the project. Our team is truly as varied as the bird species they observe, and the truth is you can be any age, live anywhere, and need only an interest in birds to participate. Case in point is this month’s spotlight: As a blind birder, Larry Michael did not think he had anything to offer the project. After reluctantly joining, it turns out that not only is he making important contributions birding by ear, but he’s having a great time doing it.
How are your blocks or the blocks near you doing? Are they “complete” yet? We consider a block complete when it has received an adequate amount of effort so that most of the species breeding in the block have been detected and many have been confirmed. We will only succeed in this effort if we can complete the 1,283 priority and specialty blocks, preferably by August 2019! Read on to learn how to use the tables in Atlas eBird to track your block progress.
The Atlas couldn’t happen without its volunteers. Our dedicated crew hail from all parts of the state, and a handful of birders—this month’s spotlight Douglas Kibbe included—even travel cross-country to pitch in. 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.
If you were unaware of the atlas, unaware that those checklists had to go into our special portal, or if you knew all this but goofed up, here’s our easy guide to fix your checklist without having to redo anything.
This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get our birding every day in one of the least-eBirded months of the year. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 31 eligible checklists during August. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. August is an interesting time in much of the world, when the boreal breeding season is ending and spring is beginning to think about returning to the southern reaches of our planet. Many birds are wandering from their normal habitats, and there’s a lot for us to learn about where and when birds occur. Shorebird migration is in full swing across the northern hemisphere and many passerines begin their migration in August too. Let’s get out and see what we can find in August!
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.