Ohio's Breeding Bird Atlas
A breeding bird atlas is a grid-based survey used to document the status and distribution of all bird species that breed within a given country, state, or county.
Atlas projects are largely accomplished through the help and dedication of a statewide network of volunteers that document the breeding status of all bird species encountered.
It has been more than 20 years since the completion of fieldwork on the first Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas. We are excited to announce that fieldwork for Ohio 's second atlas will start in spring 2006. The ultimate success of Ohio 's next breeding bird atlas depends on the active participation and efforts of birders and outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the state.
Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II
The next breeding bird atlas for Ohio will generate immense amounts of new and important information that will be essential for the effective conservation and management of birds in Ohio. By engaging Ohio's citizens in this cooperative effort OBBA II will foster interaction among bird enthusiasts of all experience levels and will heighten public awareness of birds in Ohio.
The specific goals of Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II are to :
- Document the current distribution of breeding birds in Ohio by surveying all 4584 atlas blocks in the state
- Assess changes in breeding distributions since the first Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas (1982-1987)
- Provide new measures of abundance of breeding birds in Ohio
- Identify important habitats and breeding locations that support high diversity or species of concern
- Collect distributional and abundance data for species that are difficult to survey, such as owls, nightjars, and various wetland birds
- Collect new and more detailed information on the status of Ohio's rare, threatened, and endangered birds
For more information and to find out how you can help make Ohio's second atlas project a great success, please visit the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas website.