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The Atlas is a multi-year endeavor involving 5 years of field surveys followed by data analysis and production of a final product that could take another 3 years. While volunteer birders are the heart and soul of the Atlas, we need nearly two million dollars over the next 8 years to address all the project goals. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has jump-started the Atlas by providing about $150,000 a year in federal funds that run out in March of 2023. Funding beyond that date is uncertain and not guaranteed. We need your help to complete the Atlas so we can inform conservation and protect New York’s birds for years to come.

There are three ways to donate to the atlas:

How your donation will be used

See a list of current sponsors

**Some important news about charitable giving. Under the new CARES Act, all taxpayers can now take an above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300. If you itemize your deductions, the normal limit for contributions—usually 50 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) or 60 percent for cash—is suspended for 2020. This means that you can deduct 100 percent of gifts valued at your full AGI. We suggest you consult your tax advisor for more details.**


Donations

Make a one-time gift to the Atlas. We accept donations through the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA), a 501(c)(3) partner organization. Donations are tax-deductible and appear on your statement as a donation to NYSOA but will be earmarked for the Atlas. One-time donations of $10,000 or more will be acknowledged on the Atlas website for the duration of the project.

If the above button does not work for you, please use the button on the NYSOA website.


Leave your name on ornithological history! Through our Sponsor-a-Species campaign, you can choose one or more bird species to sponsor for one to five years. The cost is as little as $100 per year. If you choose to sponsor a species, your name, or the name of someone you choose to honor, will be associated with that species in the final Breeding Bird Atlas product. Various tiers of sponsorships are available and you can pay in installments over the remaining years of the Atlas. COMING SOON


Online Shop

Your place for atlas-themed t-shirts, mugs, bags, and hats! Royalties will go to the atlas at the rate of 5% of the purchase price. Show your support for the atlas today!

Atlas Store


How your donation will be used

  • General project funding for future years (salaries, travel, subcontracts, administrative support)
  • IT/supplies (email marketing services, maps for block sign-up, books, software
  • Workshops, volunteer appreciation gatherings, blockbusting events, Regional Coordinator meetings (venue costs, A/V and IT fees, equipment rental, signage, food, speakers)
  • Outreach and advertising (stickers, banner, travel, incentives and awards)
  • Fundraising costs (online directories, premiums, prizes, raffle tickets, software)
  • Additional research (field technicians for point counts and abundance data collection, targeted species surveys)
  • Part-time staff to assist with data management and communications
  • Final product development (website development, writing, editing, publication)

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We are grateful to the following organizations for their donations to the Atlas. Every contribution helps support our mission of collecting breeding bird data while engaging the public in conservation.