Second, we've had a lot of great posts recently about nocturnal surveying. This is the NUMBER ONE factor currently preventing the completion of over 100 Atlas blocks in the state. We encourage folks to follow the example of folks in the Northern VA birding community and invest some late winter/early spring birding effort into nocturnal surveys. Two visits, totaling at least 4 hours of survey time, can wrap up a block and allow us to call it complete. Check out this article for more info on nocturnal species and surveying: Atlasing After Dark: an introduction to nocturnal surveys <https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/atlasing-after-dark-an-introduction-to-nocturnal-surveys>
Also, remember that the Atlas eBird tools make it easy to figure out which blocks do or do not have nocturnal survey time in your area. Simply go to our eBird portal at https://ebird.org/atlasva, then click the *Explore *button at top of screen. Next, click '*Explore a Region*', enter your county of interest, and select '*Blocks*' tab on the county summary page. Bingo! Handy list of all blocks in the county, including the nocturnal survey hours.
We will be pushing out more detailed block completion info to the Atlas community in March, along with more information on what blocks to focus on for 2018.
This year is the midpoint for the Atlas project and we're excited to get rolling. Stay tuned for information about spring training sessions, rally weekends, and new Atlas tools for 2018.
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 https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***