Date: 8/25/17 7:40 am From: Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Time to think about switching back to the 'regular' eBird portal
Happy Fall Migration, Atlas volunteers!
We’re now firmly into the Fall transition time for migratory species, which means that Atlas volunteers should start thinking about switching their default eBird portal (on phone or computer) back to the 'regular' eBird portal (http://ebird.org). The only breeding codes that may still be in use are confirmed breeding codes and even these should only be applied to resident species. A few lingering examples of late-breeding migrants may persist, but volunteers should generally avoid tagging migrants with breeding codes at this late point in the season.
One super late breeder that you are likely to still get breeding evidence for is the American Goldfinch. This species can engage in breeding behaviors well into September and even early October.
So! Remember the rule and stick with it as we move into Fall. If an eBird checklist has NO breeding codes on it, then it belongs in the regular eBird portal.
Thanks to all the volunteers who have continued to log late-summer Atlas data. Many folks have used this time to snag those last few breeding confirmations. Well done!
We're well into a major review of the Atlas dataset, including assessing block completion. Expect to receive communications from us ahead of next spring with recommendations for finishing blocks or moving on to others!
All the best, AP
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 ***