The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio: Uncovering 25-Year Changes in Breeding Bird Distributions

Date(s) - September 06, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twenty-five years after the publication of the state’s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio brings our knowledge of the state’s bird populations up to date and provides important new information. The Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for more than two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species and five species not known to have bred in over fifty years.

More than nine hundred dedicated birdwatchers completed surveys of birds across the state from 2006 to 2011. In addition, trained staff collected new data on bird abundance using point-count surveys. These counts tabulated not only species but individual birds as well, enabling precise estimates of the actual statewide populations for many of the breeding species detected. In all, more than one million bird records were compiled by birders and professional researchers for the second Atlas, providing an unprecedented snapshot of the bird life of Ohio.

Join us as Matthew Shumar, who coordinated the Atlas, presents results from this massive citizen science effort.

Copies of the Atlas will be available for purchase and light refreshments provided. Sponsored by Athens Area Birders and the Ohio Ornithological Society.

Athens Public Library