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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Atlas Progress Update: 1700+ atlasers
  • Atlas skills: Plan your 2021 atlasing!
  • March challenge: Report early breeders to win an Atlas cap
  • Species Spotlight: Bald Eagle
  • Events: March Town Hall, radio, talks, and workshops
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March 2021
The second field season has officially begun and our atlasing community keeps growing! We now have over 1740 atlasers and new reports of breeding birds are coming in daily. Most confirmed breeding records so far this year are for Great Horned Owl, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Monk Parakeet.

Atlas Skill: Plan Your 2021 Atlasing!

Make a plan so you don't get caught out in the cold! Ovenbird by Ian Davies/Macaulay Library.
In 2020 our focus was on the Atlas Essentials: following block boundaries, observing breeding behaviors, and using the Atlas portal to submit data. Now that you have a bit of experience under your belt, take your atlasing to the next level by coming up with a plan to complete blocks in your area:
  1. Find where you can help the most
  2. Focus your planning
  3. Have fun atlasing strategically
Once you've mastered these steps, you'll be well on your way to becoming an expert atlaser! Read more.
Atlas Town Hall March 8
Join the Atlas Team March 8th @ 7pm for the first Town Hall of 2021!

Every month from now through August we'll focus on an atlas skill and follow it up with a Town Hall meeting so you can ask questions and connect with other atlasers.

This month we'll demonstrate key steps in how to make an Atlas plan. The demo will be followed by an open Q&A where you can ask questions about Atlas planning or any other Atlas topic that's been on your mind.

Check out our events calendar for details or sign up for our mailing list to receive an email invite.

March Challenge: Early Breeders
Many of our resident birds get a jump start on the breeding season. Red-tailed Hawk by Jorge Montalvo/Macaulay Library.
Monthly challenges are back! Each month from March through August we will highlight a timely aspect of the Atlas that moves us closer to our goal, while giving you the chance to win some cool prizes and be featured on our website!

The March challenge is to document the early nesting species we featured in the latest guide. For every checklist submitted in March with a coded early nesting species, you will be entered for a chance to win this month's prize
an Atlas cap!
Please take extra precautions when you are near nesting birds. Disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nest. We ask all atlasers to follow good birding ethics.
Species Spotlight: Bald Eagle
A pair of Bald Eagles next to their huge nest in a large Sycamore tree. Photo from Feb 2021, Ulster County, by Cynthia King/Macaulay Library.
Bald Eagles are among the most easily recognized breeding birds in NY. A symbol of freedom and wilderness, casual and amateur birdwatchers alike enjoy seeing this bird any time of year. Their enormous nests placed in prominent trees make this bird an easy target for atlasers of all backgrounds. In this month's spotlight article you will learn how to find and record eagles for the Atlas and learn about their amazing comeback since the late 1970s. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Check out the Atlas Events Calendar for details on how to participate in upcoming events.
  • Mar 2, WAMC Vox Pop: Birding with Rich Guthrie and Julie Hart
  • Mar 8, Town Hall: Learn more about this month's skills training—how to make a plan for 2021. Julie will give a demo followed by open Q&A.
  • Mar 10, Buffalo Ornithological Society: Sue Barth will give an update on atlas progress and explain how to get involved using eBird.
  • Mar 26, Hudson Valley: Wendy Tocci will give a webinar on the history of the atlas and how to get involved.
Looking ahead:
  • Apr 7, Season 2 Kickoff: Join Julie Hart (Atlas coordinator), Ian Davies (eBird project coordinator), and the Atlas Regional Coordinators to explore Atlas progress, how to get involved, and how to enjoy breeding birds this spring and summer.
3 Ways to Support the Atlas!
  1. Visit our online store to purchase atlas-themed items. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Atlas. Look official while supporting the atlas!
  2. Sponsor a Species of your choosing and have your name featured in the final Atlas product!
  3. Or donate directly to the atlas. Donations go toward supporting outreach events and data collection all in the name of conservation.
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