March 28, 2013

Florida’s Breeding Bird Atlas: Take 2 on the State’s Largest Citizen-Science Project
with Bob Henderson

Social at 7:00 p.m., Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue

Bob Henderson

Florida’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas is now underway! Much has changed in the state over the 20 years since the first atlas was completed, and local atlas coordinator Bob Henderson will provide an overview of how you can participate in the second atlas project and help document some of these changes. Bob also will provide some additional results from the first atlas effort, and there will be a follow-up field trip in early April to help new atlas enthusiasts understand the field methods used for this project.

Breeding bird atlas projects provide a unique assessment of the health of a state’s birdlife. Atlasers, the title given to those who participate in such projects, venture into specific areas and catalog all the breeding birds that they find. The data from thousands of such volunteer efforts are then compiled into maps that provide a snapshot of the fine-scale distribution of breeding birds. Florida completed its first atlas project in 1993 and recorded an astonishing 196 species of confirmed breeders and another that 19 species were probable or possible breeders. The first atlas recorded 6 new breeding species for the state and also revealed range expansions for some of our most colorful wading birds (Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis, and Roseate Spoonbill) as well as southward range extensions of Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows. More than 1,880 participants were involved in the first atlas, making it the largest citizen-science project ever conducted in Florida.