VBBA Region 5 Field Days (and a helpful tip)

For those of you who are volunteering with the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, here are some upcoming field days with Ellison Orcutt, Region 5 Coordinator.  This is a chance to get some hands on experience in the field interpreting breeding behavior and the correct code to use.  If you plan on attending one of these field days, give Ellison (mr.ellyo@gmail.com) a heads up by sending him an email.

Hello atlasers,  

 I hope everyone is having a great spring birding and atlasing season.  Many species are well into their breeding efforts and new migrant breeders are arriving every day. Id like to share some news about upcoming field days, but first an atlas tip!


Hopefully you’ve seen that the eBird atlas portal (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/) has some interesting and helpful articles that are added regularly but it also has some very helpful data summary tools that you may not have explored.  From the “explore data” tab you can “Explore a Region”.  Search for (and select) your block by its specific name (eg Richmond SE).  An overview page for that block will pop up with all the data for the block.  A sortable list of all the species reported along with their highest level of breeding evidence is listed.  You may have your own list for this but the sorting tools are really helpful.  ALSO, you may not be aware of other birders that have happened to contribute breeding data in your area.  Even though you didn’t collect the data it still counts and could make things a little easier for you.  Reminder: Though confirming a species at multiple locations within your block will happen from time to time, do not go out of your way to do it.  Once you check a species as “confirmed” in a block you don’t need to exert any extra effort to find it again. Shew!

 FIELD DAYS (Details Attached)

I have planned three field days this spring.  They will be opportunities to meet each other (and me!) and share/learn skills and techniques related to the Atlas. And really, who doesn’t like a bird walk?!  I spread them across the region and spring season with the hope that many of you will be able to attend. Please share this with others whom are interested in the atlas.  We still need to recruit more atlasers in the region. I have attached the details of the three field day dates but below are the basics.

 May 28th, Sunday ( 2 parts)

  • Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve (Lancaster) – 8am
  • Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve (Mathews) – 230pm

June 3rd, Saturday 

  • Rappahannock River Valley NWR – Hutchinson Tract (Essex)- 730am 

June 17th , Saturday

  • Ni River Trail – (Spotsylvania) – 730am

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