Surveys - Rare observations

Reporting rare records

During your field work, you may find a species that is a rare breeder in Connecticut, or you might find evidence for a more common species breeding in an unusual habitat or outside its normal breeding dates (see information on safe dates). Records of rare species or usual sightings are particularly important to the project because they may represent changes in where species occur and may provide information that is helpful for conservation. Consequently, we need to document these reports especially carefully both to verify each record and to ensure there is good documentation for the historical record.

If you find breeding evidence for a species that is not on the species list posted here or confirm breeding outside the safe dates or in an unusual habitat, please fill out the Rare Reports Form and submit it to your Regional Coordinator as quickly as possible. Doing this right away will enable members of the atlas team to follow-up and verify the sighting before the bird is gone. Supply as much detail as you can. A Rare Reports Form is required for any species that is marked with an asterisk (*) on the Field Card or that is not listed on the card at all.