The Montezuma Audubon Center is holding an intro workshop with Ms. Julie Hart. 
See below for info on how to register:

Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas
Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jumpstart your birdwatching adventures by learning about two community science 
programs. eBird helps you and scientists keep track of birds you’ve seen and in 
so doing you contribute to a global effort to track bird populations. After a 
hands-on demo of how to use the eBird app and website, you’ll learn how you can 
use your new skills for the third New York Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year 
community science project that will form the definitive resource to guide bird 
conservation in New York. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and 
create a free eBird account at prior to the event. If you bring a 
mobile device, please install the free eBird app and make sure you can sign in 
to your account. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, 
$25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Pre-paid 
reservations required. Please call: (315) 365-3588 or email:<> to register.

Alyssa Johnson
Environmental Educator

Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Route 89
P.O. Box 187
Savannah, New York 13146
Montezuma Audubon Center on 

<> On Behalf Of Dave Spier
Sent: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:46 AM
To: CayugaBirds post <>; Dave Spier (eBird) 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NY BBA 3 has started

The 3rd NY Breeding Bird Atlas officially started today, January 1, 2020! We 
hope that you will join thousands of other birders in documenting the state's 
breeding species over the next five years! New York is home to a wonderful and 
diverse group of breeding birds, but it is a vast region, so we will need your 
help! We encourage birders of all backgrounds, from new birders to experienced 
Atlasers, to help document as many breeding birds as possible.

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III website ( 
contains a lot of great information about the Atlas, and we encourage you to 
explore the many resources on the site, including a new handbook. As the 
breeding season of many species starts later in the spring, there will be more 
Atlas training workshops and other opportunities to learn about Atlas goals and 
how atlasing works. If you're eager to get started right away in January, here 
are a few key points:

All of the data entry for the project will be via a dedicated eBird portal for 
NY Breeding Bird Atlas III. eBird offers real-time data entry and outputs, so 
you’ll be able to follow along with results throughout the breeding season and 
across the entire project period.

For this Atlas, New York State has been divided into a GPS-based system of 
5,710 blocks, each roughly 3.2 miles by 2.8 miles in size which is a change 
from previous atlases.* (see for 
details) From these new blocks covering the entire state, the Atlas Team has 
selected a subset of priority blocks that are evenly distributed to ensure 
broad coverage. To complete the Atlas, we need to adequately survey all of the 
priority blocks, which make up 1/3 of all Atlas blocks. Priority blocks contain 
many popular birding spots and great breeding habitats in our region, and are 
where the focus should be. But if your backyard or favorite birding destination 
does not fall within a priority block, you are encouraged to submit your 
breeding observations for those areas, too.

A new map overlay ( allows you to search for 
priority blocks near you and download detailed block maps. This is also where 
you will be able to sign up for blocks. Anybody can atlas in any Atlas block, 
so it is not necessary to sign up for a block. But if you are especially 
interested in atlasing in a certain block, signing up is a great way to 
indicate your interest and commitment in documenting the breeding birds in that 

Although the Atlas starts January 1, only a very small number of species, 
particularly Great Horned Owl, might be demonstrating signs of breeding 
behavior in the winter. If you head up to the North Country, you might 
encounter Crossbills (Red and/or White-winged) singing or carrying twigs. This 
great chart 
 provides very detailed information about when species are breeding in New 
York. In general, breeding codes should only be used for a species if the 
species is in the "E" or "B" portion of its breeding calendar.

We realize that for some of you, either atlasing or using eBird will be new, 
but don't worry – there are lots of resources to help you learn more! The Atlas 
III website is a great place to start. If you have questions, there's a 
facebook group at Working with 
Atlas Project Coordinator Julie Hart, a team of regional coordinators will be 
coordinating Atlas activities across New York State. Feel free to ask questions 
or message me.

Good Atlasing,
Dave Spier

(My thanks to Matt Medler for allowing me to customize his message.)

*If you helped with the 2nd atlas in 2000-2004, note that the new blocks for 
the 3rd atlas have changed. Instead of the old 5X5 km square grid (with numbers 
like 3176D), there is now a GPS-based system based on the USGS 7.5-minute 
(arc-minute) Quadrangle ("Quad") maps. Each is divided into six blocks.
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