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 and meet the atlas team.
How to atlas, submit data, and report rare and sensitive species.
Everything you need to conduct surveys.
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Tips on finding breeding birds, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to useful resources.