Email – June 6, 2011 – Summer Atlasing Efforts


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June 6, 2011

Summer Atlasing Efforts


June is an exciting month, with breeding birds all around us!  As of this past week, almost every bird you see in Ohio is within safe dates.  The few that are not will be in by the end of the week.   However, regardless of safe dates, we want to be looking for behaviors that confirm breeding for a species, such as an adult carrying nesting material or food, performing a distraction behavior (such as a broken wing display) or spotting a nest or recently fledged young.  It is worth spending a few extra minutes with a bird to see if you can increase breeding confirmation for that species!

Even though safe dates will continue throughout June, and even July, for many species, we encourage you to get out and atlas NOW for the following reasons:

  • Most birds will sing more now than later in the summer.
  • You are more likely to catch birds building nests, acting territorial, chasing each other, and doing other “nesty” behaviors.
  • It isn’t as hot out now as it is later in the summer, so birds will be more active throughout the day, with a longer morning active period.
  • Because this is the LAST YEAR of OBBA II, we need to do as much as we can early on, so that we can identify gaps in our data and make sure we don’t miss anything!
  • Safe dates end for a handful of species at the end of June!
  • Birding is fun, and a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer in Ohio!

Blockbusting Events

With the Atlas season in full-swing, blockbusting events are happening all over the state. Blockbusters are a fun way to get together with other birders and get some great coverage in Atlas blocks. This past weekend hosted several events around the state, including the mega-blockbusting weekend at the Ohio Ornithological Society’s Annual Conference. The group saw some great birds (over 100 species in total), including Blue Grosbeak and Chuck-will’s-widow. For a recap of the event, check out Cheryl Harner’s blog post.

More exciting events are scheduled for June and July. Visit our calendar to find more info on an event near you!



More species have become available for the sponsor-a-bird auction. Proceeds from the program will go towards lowering the final cost of the book for the general public. During the next few months, we will be auctioning each species that will have a full account in the published Atlas.  Winning bidders will be recognized by name as the official sponsor on the species account in the book.  For more details on this exciting program, visit the sponsorship website.

Clearly, there are more than enough reasons to get out there and atlas!  If you need ideas on where to start, or where we need you most, check out this archived email from April. Thank you for all your help on OBBA II.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Happy birding!

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


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