Date: 4/7/17 6:46 am From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes
Happy chilly Friday to you all! It's 35 degrees with a 25 degree wind chill in Blacksburg this morning. Where did Spring go?? :)
First, let's talk about *eBird hotspots*. It's come to our attention recently that more of the established hotspots are poorly placed, relative to Atlas block boundaries. This is logical, b/c the two have nothing to do with one another. Established hotspots are a part of the regular eBird system, while the Atlas block boundaries are routed in the USGS Topo Quad map system.
At any rate, this can cause obvious issues. If you're not careful to note where a hotspot falls in relation to block boundaries, you may actually be criss-crossing between two or more blocks. Some NoVA volunteers brought a specific example of this to our attention.
The hotspot for Leesylvania State Park is (or by now was) out on a tip of the easternmost edge of the park, which fell in the Arrow Head NW block. Most of the state parks fell in the Quantico NE block. The easiest way to avoid this issue is just creating your own points/locations.
So! If you're heading out to atlas and collect breeding data, always try to look ahead at the locations you'll be visiting. Note the block boundaries AND the hotspot locations, if you plan on using them.
Lastly, I've started a short article series to compile the various breeding code clarifications and tips that I've been pushing out over the last month. The first installment is now published on the Atlas eBird portal, '*Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes (Pt 1): The Possibles... <http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/tackling-tricky-breeding-codes-part-1-the-possibles/>*' I'll keep sharing these via the list-serv as they are posted, so folks can check them out. Lots of useful tips in a pretty short article. Check it out!
All for now. Stay warm and good birding this weekend!
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 ***