Every month from March through August we are running a monthly challenge that highlights a timely aspect of the breeding cycle and gives you a chance to win some Atlas gear. The August challenge was to confirm breeding for a late breeder–American Goldfinch or Cedar Waxwing. There were 280 eligible entries for August and Marty won for confirming American Goldfinch. Congratulations, Marty!
Hometown or County
How you started atlasing
I grew up in the Sullivan County Catskills on a farm. I did the first atlas in the 80s with my students at Orange County Community College. I did the second atlas after retiring to Tioga county in 2000 and my third atlas now in 2020. I was president of the Sullivan County Audubon Society and president of the Federation of NYS Bird Clubs that got the DEC support for the first atlas.
Favorite atlasing area
I have been an active environmentalist helping to secure my favorite site, the Bashakill Marsh as well as the eagle Mongaup area and the Neversink Gorge. I love to be outside examining every aspect of the environment from trees, flowers, mammals, birds, amphibians and more.
Most rewarding part of atlasing
I love being out and looking because you never know what you are going to come across. In my daily hikes to the Wildwood Reserve over the last three days I was surprised one day by a blue-winged warbler, another by a common egret and a third by an ovenbird.
If you were to spend the day atlasing with anyone, who would it be?
I would welcome anyone to join me if they have any such interest, you can not lose. It is a great gift of nature to share its wonders with any and all.