Handbook & Materials

Everything you need to conduct surveys!

Snapshot of the Guide to Fledglings

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A user guide containing background on the project, when and where to survey, how to collect and submit data, how to determine adequate block coverage, and how to report rare species.

Volunteer Handbook

Block Maps

Use the interactive map viewer to download block maps. Maps of all blocks are provided in both PDF and digital form.

Interactive Mapper

Breeding Behavior References

Breeding Codes

The list of breeding codes we will be using, their definitions, and examples of usage. Also see the breeding code page.

Breeding Codes – Detailed with examples
Breeding Codes – Two-pager for printing
Breeding Codes – Photographic

Breeding Timeline

A guideline to when each species winters, migrates, and breeds in NY.

Breeding Guideline Bar Chart (PDF)
Breeding Guideline Bar Chart (sortable Excel file)
Breeding Season Table from Atlas 2000 (PDF)

Acceptable Codes

A chart with the codes that are acceptable to use for each species. Use this chart to determine when you can use S – Singing Bird for species that don’t sing but make other breeding sounds, FL – Recently Fledged Young for precocial species, and CF – Carrying Food for species that use food in their courtship rituals.

Acceptable Breeding Codes

Guide to Fledglings

A short guide for recognizing fledglings. Features the top 20 most frequently reported species from the second Atlas. *NEW*

Guide to Fledglings

Hints on Haunts

The Hints on Haunts guidelines were compiled during the first atlas and contain tips on confirming over 70 species of breeding birds. Most of the information is still valid today. Download and read this historical atlas treasure!

Hints On Haunts

Field Materials

Field Cards

If you aren’t using the mobile app, here are some data sheets to help you record your observations in the field.

Field Checklist (record each visit)
Block Summary Card (track block progress)

Landowner Letters

A letter to introduce private landowners to the project and request permission to access their land. A thank you letter for after you visit is also provided.

Landowner Letter – Introduction
Landowner Letter – Thank You

Vehicle Sign

Placard for placing on your windshield while conducting surveys. Please obey all traffic laws and respect private property.

Vehicle Placard

Car Magnet

Visit our online shop to purchase a car magnet to put on your car while conducting surveys.

Car Magnet (Zazzle)

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