Handbook & Materials

Everything you need to conduct surveys—coming soon!


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.

Block Maps

Digital Maps

If you use the Google Earth app on your phone to navigate in the field, you can download a digital version of the block boundaries so you can keep track of your location within a block while atlasing. Download these two kmz files and add them to Google Earth. You can display your current location by pressing on the three dots in the upper right corner of the app and selecting “My Location”.


PDF maps of each block to take with you in the field.

Breeding Codes

The list of breeding codes we will be using, their definitions, and examples of usage.

Breeding Timeline

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

Breeding Guideline Chart

Acceptable Codes

A chart with the codes that acceptable to use for each species. Use this chart to determine when you can use S – Singing Male 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.

Hints on Haunts

The Hints on Haunts guidelines were compiled during the first atlas and contain clues to find 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 Data Forms

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

Landowner Letters

Letters to introduce private landowners to the project and request permission to access their land as well as a thank you letter.

Vehicle Sign

Placard for placing on your windshield while conducting surveys.

Vehicle Sign