• Black-crowned Night-Heron ML236604721
    By Ashley Peele October 6, 2020

    Leaves are turning gold and frost covers the grassy fields here in the mountains of southwest Virginia.  Drab little Cape May and Tennessee Warblers flit through the tree lines, while streams of Common Nighthawks track southward through the river valleys. These heralds of Autumn signal a finale that was hard to imagine nearly five years […]

  • Black Vulture ML253660611
    By Lily Kingsolver August 21, 2020

    A few quick reminders… The summer breeding season continues to wind down as more and more migratory species begin gathering in preparation for their southward flight.  As the Atlas project wraps this final data collection season, we wanted to remind our volunteers that the time has come to dispense with regular use of breeding codes.

  • By Ashley Peele July 30, 2020

    Bringing an end to data collection for the second VA Breeding Bird Atlas project. The start of this year’s Fall migration season marks the final phase of our five-year VABBA2 journey.

  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron ML168697231
    By Ashley Peele July 22, 2020

    If you can believe it, we are now far enough into the latter portion of the breeding season that a few early migratory species are on the move.  This means, we need to start adjusting how we code the early movers on Atlas checklists.

  • Blue-winged Warbler ML233287051
    By Eric Wallace, VABBA2 Communications July 17, 2020

    A big final-season push is bringing interesting finds and spectacular statistics from across the state. Learn more about them below.

  • By Eric Wallace, VABBA2 Communications July 9, 2020

    It came seemingly out of nowhere: Last month, my nine-year-old daughter, Zoe, flung open my office door mid-workday and, in a fluster of excitement, announced she’d been “birdy watching” and seen “a Gray Catbird!” Before I could process the statement, an open copy of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern […]

  • By Eric Wallace, VABBA2 Communications June 5, 2020

    College students Logan Anderson and Andrew Rapp spent two months camping and birding in remote areas for the VABBA2 and VABBA-PC. The sun is rising over rural Buchanan County and 20-year-old Logan Anderson is sitting on the hood of his car on the shoulder of a gravel fire road, listening intently.

  • By Eric Wallace, VABBA2 Communications May 22, 2020

    College-aged field technicians are gaining valuable professional experience working with the VABBA2—and having awesome adventures along the way. Did you know that 15 mostly college-aged field technicians have been working with the VABBA2 coordinator  to conduct Virginia’s first comprehensive avian point-count study?