Big Atlas Weekend 2022 - The results are in!

By Doug Hitchcox July 14, 2022
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

The second annual Big Atlas Weekend was a huge success! It brought together 1,239 atlasers in six states and provinces (Maine, Maryland-DC, North Carolina, New York, Ontario, and Newfoundland) who submitted 46,132 breeding records and 5,273 checklists.

AND…we are thrilled to announce that Maine successfully defended our title and emerged victorious!

Way to keep the Canary Cup in Maine another year!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Big Atlas Weekend! Maine truly has the BEST volunteers! Most importantly, your efforts over the Big Atlas Weekend helped get us closer to completing the Atlas and will have lasting impacts for bird conservation in Maine!

Achievements in ME

Maine atlasers are absolutely amazing! Defending our title from last year, we had a lot of experienced atlasers putting their skills to work, while hundreds of new volunteers are just getting hooked. Here are some of the achievements from the second Big Atlas Weekend.

  • 200 atlasers participated
  • 537 blocks were visited
  • 930 hours atlased (38 nocturnal)
  • 1642 checklists submitted
  • 188 species coded
  • 14,218 breeding records submitted

Map of checklists submitted over the two-day competition weekend.

Participation by Atlas Project

Everyone who participated received a free introductory bird identification course from the Bird Academy at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Big Atlas Weekend statistics by project

ME Challenge Winners

(we will be in touch soon with details about how to obtain your prizes)

Every participant in the Big Atlas Weekend is a winner! If you submitted even just one checklist over the weekend you will receive free access to Cornell’s “Be a Better Birder” course (a $29 value).

The winners of the statewide challenges receive an additional free course of their choosing from the Cornell Bird Academy as well as an Atlas swag bag. Winners were randomly selected from the top ten participants in each category.

  • Total Complete checklists – Karina Rathmel
  • New-to-User Blocks – Judy Roe
  • Incomplete/Low-effort Blocks Visited – Jeff Cherry
  • New Priority Species – Turk Duddy and Linda Woodard
  • New Coded Species – Magill Weber
  • Nocturnal Checklists – Kate Weatherby
  • Most Valuable Atlaser – Ashlee Duff
    • Ashlee ranked in the top ten in four of the six above categories, submitted 52 checklists from 24 incomplete blocks, added breeding codes for 39 new species in those blocks, and visited seven new-to-her blocks. Way to go!