NY Breeding Bird Atlas

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Everyone is encouraged to participate from 2020-2024. Beginner and advanced birders alike can enhance their birding experience by observing bird behaviors. And you can be involved as little or as much as you want. Whenever you go birding—be it in your backyard, at your summer camp, or in your favorite park—every sighting counts!

Detailed information including instructions and tutorials on how to participate can be found on the official NY BBA website.

For convenience, here are some links to some of the most useful pages and other helpful resources:

NY BBA eBird Portal
History and goals
Instructions on how to atlas
Handbooks and other materials
+++++RBA Field Tally Sheet
+++++NYS BBA Field Tally Sheet
Hotspots and Public Lands in Local Priority Blocks
+++++Genesee County
+++++Livingston County
+++++Monroe County
+++++Ontario County
+++++Orleans County
+++++Wayne County
Rochester area mentor match

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February 22, 2020:  We’ve added lists of hotspots and public areas in the priority blocks for six local counties, to make your atlasing just a little bit easier! Check them out in the links above. Thanks much to Greg Lawrence for putting these together.  If you come across hotspots or public lands not already on the list, be sure to email Andrea Patterson at andrea.j.patterson-at-gmail.com!

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January 2, 2020:  The Rochester Area Mentor Matching page has launched! Are you an experienced atlaser who is willing to help someone new?  Are you new to atlasing and you are looking to work with someone more experienced?  This page is for you!  Here we list mentors and mentees, in hopes of making useful connections.  Check back frequently, as new people may be added!

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January 1, 2020:  Block sign-up has started!  While anyone can bird any block they like, the BBA is looking for primary atlasers for each of the priority blocks.  You can search the priority blocks and apply to atlas your favorite using the BBA Interactive Block Mapper.

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January 1, 2020:  Join us in June for a how-to field trip!  Greg Lawrence and Dominic Sherony will lead a training trip for both beginners and experts to Black Creek Park on June 14.