Email – April 21, 2011 – Spring Atlasing Update


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April 21, 2011

Spring Atlasing Update


As peak breeding season for many Ohio birds draws near, now is the time to start thinking about how you can help!  Because you are part of such a large project with hundreds of volunteers, it can sometimes be hard to know where you are most needed. Below you will find some tips on how to use the resources on our website to make your “plan of attack” for this final Atlas season!

Where to Start?

  • View information about regions and blocks on our website to find blocks near you that are labeled “incomplete” or have low species totals so far for OBBA II.
  • You can examine a block more closely by clicking on that block and going to the “block profile.”  Here, you can compare what species were found in the first Atlas to what has been found so far in OBBA II.
  • Lastly, check out the Google “Satellite” image of the block map (also on the block profile page; to change map type to satellite, click the gray button on the upper right corner of the map).  Use this map to identify habitat areas that look good to survey.  For example, if there are many species of ducks that were found in OBBA I, but not in OBBA II in a given block, look to see if that block has a body of water in it.  If so, this may be an important habitat in this block that has not been surveyed in OBBA II.
Satellite View

Data Entry and Communication

In this last field season we will continually be re-evaluating blocks to make sure we catch any holes in the data before it is too late. If possible, please enter your data as soon as you can! However, we don’t want data entry stop you from getting out into the field during these precious months. If you have made a lot of progress in a priority block we want to know so we don’t duplicate your effort. If you don’t have time to enter your data, you can copy or scan it and send it to us (address below) or send us an email at to let us know what you’ve done.

Birds Already in Safe-Dates

Here is a complete list of all the birds currently in safe dates. The ones in bold have been added since our last email.  This time of year, new birds are entering safe dates all the time, so take a look at this list of safe dates before you head out birding! Remember, specific breeding behavior (territorial singing, adults carrying nesting material, adults carrying food, etc.) can be recorded outside of safe dates, so keep an eye open for those important observations.

  • Ring-necked pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Turkey
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Killdeer
  • American Woodcock
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eastern Screech-Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Horned Lark
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • European Starling
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Grackle
  • House Sparrow
Ruffed Grouse

Thanks again for all of your help in the last year of this exciting project. Just remember that every bird you record or hour you atlas makes this project that much more meaningful.

Happy birding!

Paul Rodewald, Matthew Shumar, & Kate Batdorf
Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II


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