We have one more week in which to collect data for the winter atlas this season. Should you need inspiration to head outside, and see what you can find, read this short piece that Dave Provencher – regional coordinator for the southeast Connecticut region – recently posted on the Connecticut Audubon Facebook page. Continue reading “Winter is almost over”
So many crows ….
The winter portion of the atlas project is largely focused on compiling lists of species for each block and on using timed one-hour surveys to provide a standardized measure of the number of individuals of each species. We do, however, also have some more specialized protocols to ensure that we capture key aspects of the state’s birdlife that might otherwise be missed. Sites where large numbers of birds gather to roost are of particular interest, and one of our goals is document such locations (see the protocol here). In the article, below, Greg Hanisek describes how he recently found a huge crow roost in Waterbury: Continue reading “So many crows ….”
Birding for the atlas in winter
Frank Gallo – author of the book Birding in Connecticut – has been one of our biggest contributors of data, especially from southwestern Connecticut where he has spent a lot of time visiting blocks that have no data. Here he writes about the pleasure of birding at sites he’d never even considered visiting until the atlas came along: Continue reading “Birding for the atlas in winter”