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July 3, 2010

Summer Atlasing


Summer is here, and as we enter the holiday weekend, many of you will no doubt be taking hikes and trips throughout the state. It’s still a great time to get out and atlas.

Summer Silence?

Many people have commented on the decrease in bird activity lately. Indeed it is quieter out there in most areas than it was just a couple of weeks ago. But are we really in the lazy days of summer? The birds would probably say no… Though it may be harder to locate singing birds and get “T1” observations, it’s a great time to confirm species. There are literally fledglings everywhere! Keep an eye out for adults carrying food and fecal sacs to and from the nests. July atlasing is a great opportunity to “upgrade” many species observations in your blocks from probable to confirmed.

A Torrent of Observations!

Breeding bird observation data have been streaming into our website (and mailboxes). Additionally, data from our field staff’s abundance surveys have been added to the database. The influx of data has made significant changes in species numbers per block across the state. These updates can be a great help when looking for places to atlas. We encourage everyone to submit their records as soon as possible to helps others. Be sure to stop by the data website and check the coverage of blocks near you!

Blockbusting Events:

Regional Coordinators are currently planning blockbusting events in several regions of the state. Blockbusting events can be a great opportunity to spend time with other birders of various skill levels and see some great birds!

Ethan Kistler, Coordinator of Region 42, is hosting a blockbusting event on July 10th and 11th. Contact Ethan today if you are interested in participating in this fun event! To find out if other Coordinators are hosting an event near you, visit our website to get contact information for the Coordinator for your region.

On behalf of OBBA2, we thank you for your valuable contributions to this project. Happy birding!


Paul Rodewald and Matthew Shumar
Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II


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