Date: 5/15/18 7:57 am From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] SW VA hotspots and VABBA2 milestones
Located in rural Buchanan County, Poplar Gap Park was created in 2001 atop the site of a reclaimed strip-mine. With 290 acres of grasslands and early-successional habitat, it’s a haven for Dickcissels, Northern bobwhites, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo bunting, and golden-winged, Kentucky, Black-throated green, Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, and Hooded warblers.
To learn more about great birding spots in southwest VA or to hear about one Atlas volunteers summer experience birding Breaks Interstate Park, check out these Atlas stories:
Also, CONGRATS to our VABBA2 volunteer community for reaching an incredible milestone! The Atlas eBird portal has now received over *50,000 checklists* and has *900+ contributors*. We are so excited to see the rush of data coming in, during these first early months of the 2018 breeding season.
Remember to encourage your birding friends to use our portal ( ebird.org/atlasva) if they are willing/interested in reporting breeding information.
Also! Don't forget to consult the Breeding Timeline Charts <http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/getting-involved> available on the Atlas website. We're seeing migratory species being inaccurately coded as potential breeders, so remember to double-check whether a species IS a Virginia breeder and IF we're actually in their Breeding window yet. This is especially true of the Piedmont and Mountain/Valley regions, where many passage migrants are still streaming northward.
Thanks for all that you're doing folks! As more and more data is collected, we're going to see more Atlas blocks finished and big strides made for this project. *We're going to knock season three out of the park! *
All the best,
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 ***