• Progress Update: Data Review
  • Spotlight: Great Lakes Piping Plover
  • Atlas Gifts: Sponsor a Species
  • Your Words: Year 1 Feedback
  • eBird Updates: Search for Atlas checklists!
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November 2020
It's hard to believe it's already November. Even as we feel the chill of clear winter nights and enjoy the influx of Evening Grosbeaks at our feeders, some birds are already getting ready for the next round of breeding. Over the next month, we'll start hearing Great Horned Owls duetting, quickly followed by nest building, and keep an eye out for ravens and eagles as we get into December!

In this issue of the Atlas Insider, we introduce you to two remarkable Piping Plover chicks, discuss how we are spending the winter days reviewing data, and give you a unique opportunity to find a gift for the birder in your life. Plus, don't miss the latest eBird updates!
Species Spotlight: Great Lakes Piping Plover
The two Piping Plovers that fledged from Sandy Island Beach on Lake Ontario this year. Photo by Matthew Brown/Macaulay Library.
Piping Plovers are iconic birds of coastal dunes, but did you know that they also nest inland on the Great Lakes? The inland population is endangered and only one nesting location exists in NY. The lone pair raised two fledglings this year! In the first of a new spotlight series, we learn more about this conservation success story and dive deeper into their fascinating courtship displays. Read about Great Lakes Piping Plovers.

Data Review & Reinterpretation

Common Terns feed young after leaving the nesting colony, so not all FY and FL codes for terns indicate local breeding. Some observations like this will be reinterpreted in the data review process. Common Terns by Nick Varvel/Macaulay Library.
After a hugely successful first season, it’s time for some data review! You worked hard getting your data in and now we are reviewing the more than 2 million records. When we are done, you'll see more focused species maps and cleaner block data to better help you strategize your 2021 atlasing! Learn more about the data review process.
In case you missed it, read about Year 1 Results and learn What to Do in the Off Season.

Sponsor a Species to Help the Atlas!

Looking for a holiday gift for the birder in your family? Want to make a tax-deductible contribution to a worthy cause? Beginning this November, birders have the opportunity to sponsor a species and become a part of Atlas history.

You can choose a bird that means something to you or the person of your choosing, and sponsor it for 1 to 5 years. Sponsor it for all 5 years and your name will appear on the species account in the final Atlas product! Look for a special invite in your mailbox next week.
Year 1 Feedback
Many people witnessed behaviors for the first time. Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest with two young by Jarvis Shirky/Macaulay Library.
Thank you to the more than 120 atlasers who provided feedback on the first year of the Atlas. We have read all your comments and are busily synthesizing them into actionable objectives for the coming year. The overwhelming takeaway was the sheer delight that so many of you experienced watching behaviors for the first time! Based on your feedback we'll be working to provide more networking opportunities, hosting more online training workshops and town hall meetings, and providing more information on breeding behaviors and confirming tricky species. See the species spotlight on Piping Plovers for the first deep dive into a species. Stay tuned for more!
Exciting eBird Updates
eBird has been busy making exciting updates to the platform! Here are some of the ways they have been improving birder experience.
Note that eBird will be down for maintenance from 8 am Nov 17 to 8 am Nov 19. You can still use the mobile app, but you'll have to wait to submit your checklists until after 8 am on the 19th.
Support the Atlas in Style!
Visit our online store to purchase atlas-themed items. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Atlas. Look official while supporting the atlas! 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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