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July 23, 2013

2013 Atlas Update

It’s been a long time since our last update, and a lot has happened here at Atlas headquarters. We’re now well through the bulk of the analyses, and many of the species accounts have been written. We’re currently in the process of selecting images for the book, and starting to discuss more publication details. It has been our goal to make this as much of a citizen science project as possible, and we’re trying to highlight the work of our Ohio nature enthusiasts where we can.

In addition to the more than 1 million breeding bird observations you all contributed (yes, one million!!), many of you have participated in our species sponsorship program and submitted hundreds of photos for publication consideration. Although we’ve had nearly 1,400 photographs submitted to date, we have a lot of specific needs for this publication – and we’re still looking for many of them. Below is a short list of things we are still looking for. Help us illustrate the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.

Habitats and Miscellanous:
  • Wetlands – landscapes as well as macro images of vegetation, insects, herps, etc.
  • Farms – grain silos, buildings, tractors, industrial-type buildings – you name it.
  • Gypsy moth clusters
  • Snags – all sizes, especially with cavities
  • Jewelweed patch
Species Photos:
  • Mallard nestlings (you know, those cute little fuzzy guys)
  • Red-tailed Hawk in flight
  • American Coot feet
  • Killdeer broken-wing display
  • Pileated Woodpecker cavities & tree destruction
  • Eastern Phoebe nests under eaves and upon downspouts
  • Black-capped Chickadee nests in boxes.
  • Northern Mockingbird displaying (check out this video)
  • juvenile Little Blue Heron (they’re white!)
  • Ring-necked Pheasants
  • Ruffed Grouse male strutting
  • Wilson’s Phalarope female (reverse sexual dichromatism!)
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo adults
  • Hairy Woodpecker adults/nest cavities
  • Horned Lark adults
  • American Crow (It is surprisingly hard to get submissions of common birds)
  • Barn Swallows
  • Wood Thrush
  • Yellow Warblers
  • Yellow-throated Warblers
  • Lark Sparrows
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Pine Siskin (not in snow or on a feeder)
  • American Kestrel, perched adult
Are you up to the challenge? We want to see your photos (and include them in the published Atlas!) You can submit photos through our website here:

If you’re feeling up to something a little more difficult, we have a few other photo needs. Get in touch if you’re feeling adventurous. As always, feel free to email or call if you have any questions. Ready? GO!!!

Thanks for all of your help throughout the Atlas.
Matt Shumar 

Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II

...putting the nesting birds of Ohio on the map!
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