NY Breeding Bird Atlas asks for help from citizens

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas is seeking the help of citizens across the state for a multi-year field data collection project.

The project coordinators recognize the opportunity to involve athletes in data collection; their observation skills and the time they spend outdoors make them ideal candidates for this task.

“This is a five-year, statewide project and we can use all the help we can get,” said Julie Hart, New York Breeding Bird Atlas III project coordinator.

“Basic instructions are for people to observe breeding birds, such as singing, courtship, nest building and feeding young, and report them to the Atlas using eBird,” added Hart.

eBird is a digital tool for recording bird sightings maintained by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Data can be entered online via a web browser or in the eBird mobile app. The New York study has a specific portal for entering data into eBird.

If entrants use the Internet to enter data, they should go to: https://ebird.org/atlasny/submit.

If they are using the eBird mobile app, they must configure the New York Breeding Bird Atlas portal in the app settings.

A key change from previous atlases will be the use of eBird for data collection, Hart said. eBird offers real-time data input and output, so data collectors will be able to track results throughout the breeding season and for the duration of the project.

The coordinators encourage beginners to participate in the New York Breeding Bird Atlas because every sighting counts.

“The more information we can gather, the better our statewide population estimates will be at the end of the project,” Hart said. “The data is used to build detailed distribution maps of the state’s 250 breeding species. The ultimate goal of the project is to conserve New York State’s birds, which, since birds are the best-studied taxa of wildlife in New York, are used for all kinds of conservation and management projects around the state. state for the benefit of all wildlife. and habitats.

While all sightings are helpful, New York’s Breeding Bird Atlas coordinators have a special request for information regarding hard-to-detect nesting species such as barn owls, barred owls, red head and black vultures.

Plus, advice on forest-nesting raptors such as Northern Goshawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk, and land access. they are on private property, are particularly appreciated.

Some of these birds can be very secretive or nest in remote areas. Nesting birds should be observed from a distance and not disturbed, especially in cold weather. Goshawks are very territorial and will dive-bomb and sometimes attack people near their nest. Turkey hunters sometimes experience this. If you have information on any of these birds, project coordinator Karl Curtis can be contacted by email at [email protected]