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By Ashley Peele July 12, 2018
For two years, Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute technician Garrett Rhyne scoured far southwest Virginia collecting point-count data for breeding birds. Noticing the lack of information on the Swainson’s warbler, he’s now conducting a study of his own.
By Ashley Peele June 29, 2018
July has arrived with some of our hottest and often driest weeks of the summer.  It is tempting to write off birding efforts at this time of year as many folks believe that birds are less active during these hot months.  Not so! While birds may sing less frequently, July is a very busy time for […]
By Ashley Peele June 22, 2018
When Monticello Bird Club member Eve Gaige met Gabriel Mapel, he was 11-years-old. Bonding over a mutual love of birds, the two founded what is now Virginia’s largest and most active youth birding club.
By Ashley Peele June 12, 2018
Since discovering birding in 2014, husband and wife super-duo Guy and Susan Babineau have become some of the VABBA2’s most active supporters. These days, most weekends find husband and wife Guy and Susan Babineau slipping out of bed and hitting the road before dawn.
By Ashley Peele June 7, 2018
Atlas volunteers may have wondered why the Breeding Bird Atlas project focuses primarily on Priority Blocks for breeding bird survey effort.  This is a fair thing to wonder about!
By Ashley Peele June 5, 2018
For adventurous birders, Region 9 has mountains, rivers and a ton of history. In its northwestern-most regions, follow the Maury river from Lexington to downtown Buena Vista’s super-cool Glenn Maury Park by way of the 7-mile Chessie Nature Trail.
By Ashley Peele May 31, 2018
For these sportsmen and women, hunting, fishing, birding, – and atlasing – go hand in hand. Dawn is breaking over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture director, Todd Fearer, and his 14-year-old daughter, Libby, are sitting quietly atop a high Giles County hillside in the Jefferson National Forest.
By Ashley Peele May 22, 2018
Barn Owls and the VABBA2 One evening several years ago, while standing in the middle of a grassland somewhere on Long Island, NY, a Barn Owl flew over my head, pale and silent despite the flapping of its wings. It was a definite WOW moment.  The Barn Owl is known by several colorful names inspired by […]
By Ashley Peele May 10, 2018
Certified master naturalist Kelly Krechmer took a break from her life in Fauquier County to spend the summer atlasing in far southwest Virginia. In the spring of 2017, certified master naturalist and VABBA2 super-volunteer Kelly Krechmer faced a tough decision.
By Ashley Peele May 3, 2018
Wild and remote, Region 7 is a haven for adventurous Atlas volunteers. Here, regional coordinator Steven Hopp gives you the inside scoop on the area’s top spots to check out.