Date: 7/14/17 10:49 am From: Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Mid-July Atlas Update: Maps, Data, and Atlas All-stars
Happy Friday, VA Birders.
Good Friday afternoon, Atlasers!
Just a quick message to share an updated Atlas resource and exciting new data benchmarks.
First, we recently updated the regional coverage maps available via the *Maps and Tools page *of the Atlas website (www.vabba2.org). These maps are an up-to-date look at which Atlas blocks have actually been claimed in each region. While this does not reflect data submission (many checklists received for unassigned blocks in eBird), it does provide a sense of what blocks are likely to be completed in the near future and where we are still in significant need of breeding observations.
Second, this week we jumped over *35,000* checklists submitted to the Atlas portal and received data in almost *70%* of the Atlas priority blocks! This means that despite the heat of summer, folks are still out generating breeding observations for the project. We appreciate those of you who are braving the heat to get those high summer breeding confirmations. There are plenty to be had! Check out the latest summary of Atlas data collection results at: http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/subnational1/US-VA?yr=all
Finally, a special shout out to our top contributors who have each managed to confirm breeding of 70+ species: *Ellison Orcutt, Todd Day, David Larsen, Kelly Krechmer, Jon and BJ Little, Candice Lowther, James Fox, Diane Holsinger, Janice Frye, Cheryl Jacobson, Kurt Gaskill, Fred Atwood, John Spahr, Bruce Hill, and Kim Harrell. *We appreciate all their and every atlas volunteer's efforts to further our knowledge of VA's breeding bird communities
Hope everyone has a great 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 ***