About the Atlas

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Everyone is encouraged to participate from 2020-2024. Beginner and advanced birders alike can enhance their birding experience by observing bird behaviors. And you can be involved as little or as much as you want. Whenever you go birding—be it in your backyard, at your summer camp, or in your favorite park—every sighting counts!

A key change from previous atlases will be the use of eBird for data collection. eBird offers real-time data entry and outputs, so you’ll be able to follow along with results throughout the breeding season and across the entire project period. See our Tutorials page to get started with eBird atlasing!

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Learn about the history of the atlas.
Meet the members of the atlas team!
Atlasing is easy, and something that you’ve probably already been doing without knowing it! This page has everything you need to atlas with confidence.
The first atlas essential is to be aware of atlas blocks. When you go out atlasing, make sure that all observations on a single checklist are from within a single block.
The second Atlas Essential is all about describing the breeding behaviors you observe. This is the fun part of atlasing!
The third Atlas Essential is using the Atlas Portal on eBird for data entry. Data entry is relatively straightforward if you already use eBird with the important twist of using the Atlas Portal.
Everything you need to conduct surveys.
Being mindful of birds, habitats, and people.
Learn about upcoming events, journal articles, press releases, social media, and more.
Explore previous atlas results.
Support the Atlas project!
Tips on finding breeding birds, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to useful resources.