Date: 3/26/17 12:00 pm From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> Subject: [Va-bird] Orientation to VABBA2 & More Comprehensive Training Sessions
You're invited to come to a program sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy:
Birding for Conservation in Virginia's Second Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2) - Sunday, April 2, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, The Stone Barn at <http://loudounwildlife.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fbdab4072da8553fd 76f32e8a&id=bce26f0cf2&e=87df9b9b97> the Coach House, Morven Park, Leesburg. (Please use Old Waterford Rd. entrance to the park.) 2017 is the second year of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, the largest statewide bird conservation effort to date. In 2016, more than 450 Atlas volunteers confirmed 174 species breeding species and reported over 200,000 observations to this project. However, there is still much ground to cover in the next four years. Dr. Ashley Peele, the State Atlas Coordinator, will speak about the pressing need for better information on Virginia's breeding birds and how citizen scientists are helping collect this valuable data. Come hear about interesting results from the VABBA2's first year and how eBird is revolutionizing our ability to collect and report real-time bird observations. Any person with an interest in birds can contribute to this project, so please join us for the talk and a Q&A session afterwards. Questions: Contact <mailto:<jcoleman...> <jcoleman...> or <mailto:<info...> <info...>
While there were only a couple of slots still open last week, Dr. Peele is also offering a more comprehensive Spring Training Session at Frying Pan Park in Herndon (Fairfax Co) on Saturday, April 1 from 8 am to 1 pm. This session will consist of morning small group field trips/walks led by experienced Atlas volunteers, followed by a large group session on data entry, reporting priority species, accurate location plotting, etc. You can register for the training <http://loudounwildlife.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fbdab4072da8553fd 76f32e8a&id=4a72006b57&e=87df9b9b97> here.
For other training sessions coming up in other parts of the state check out the Virginia Breeding Birds Atlas 2 website at www.vabba2.org <http://www.vabba2.org>