Date: 3/8/17 6:04 am From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> Subject: [Va-bird] On the Hunt for VA's Breeding Birds
Good Wednesday morning!
Early this morning, I sat on my porch and marveled at the huge upswing in bird activity around our place. Phoebes are singing and nest-building under my eaves. Carolina Wrens are doing the same thing. I watched White-breasted Nuthatch courtship behavior in our woods yesterday. The season is in full swing and these behaviors are occurring much earlier than last year.
For those of you who have not yet done so, remember to *switch your eBird data entry over to the Atlas portal (ebird.org/atlasva <http://ebird.org/atlasva>*). Spring is upon us and the time for Atlas data entry has begun.
*Don’t forget that a unique and important element of the Atlas project is confirming as many species as you can within about 20 hours of effort in a given block, then moving on! *You don’t need to worry about re-documenting breeding behavior for the same species in the same blocks this season. If you feel you’ve completed an Atlas block, notify your regional coordinator and move on to a new priority block in your area.
Check out a recent article on the Atlas project in *VA Wildlife Magazine*. Last Fall, I put out a call to gauge how many of our Atlas volunteers were also hunters or fishermen. We really appreciated your responses, some of which were used by the reporter in this article.
Spring is upon us early, but we’re raring to go for Season Two of the Atlas project. Don’t forget about our *spring training sessions* being offered in March, April, and May of this year. Check out www.vabba2.org for details!
Lastly, don't forget to check out the *new Atlas Facebook group* here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VABBA2/. If you're a FB user, it's a great and easy way to share breeding observations and photos with the community. The group is already receiving some interesting posts and generating good conversation.
Sorry for the doozy email, but lots to share with the birding community this lovely Wednesday morning.
A Tree Swallow just flew by my office window... Spring is definitely here! Enjoy it and happy birding!
Ashley Peele, PhD Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech Office: 540-231-9182 Fax: 540-231-7019 *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***