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Breeding Bird Atlas

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I just attended a meeting this morning concerning the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas, a project which has just begun. Data will be gathered by citizen scientists over the next five years in a nine-mile square grid system covering the state. Priority squares are usually the northeast square of a four square quadrant to prevent bias, so may not include all the prime birding areas. Are any of you involved in the process--either as 'owners' of a nine-mile square, or field observers? I'm still thinking it over, but may do at least field observing since I'm out there anyway. I'm interested in knowing other's experiences, or if you have considered it. I guess MN is the only state in the Missippi Flyway that hasn't done at least one atlas. Many priority squares are still open for 'ownership.' There is a HSOforum set up if anyone wants to check their area. You can e-mail me--saraharch@chartermi.net-- for the site address, or I can post it, with moderator approval. Googling probably works, too.

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Sarah, go ahead and post the link. It'll probably be OK as long as it isn't a commercial site or accepts advertising from commercial businesses.

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Sarah, even though I live in Canada, I appreciate this infomation very much, thanks for sharing!

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Sarah, go ahead and post the link. It'll probably be OK as long as it isn't a commercial site or accepts advertising from commercial businesses.

Thanks, Steve. No commercials involved. Just backing by MOU, MN Audubon, US Fish and Wildlife, MN DNR, and others. And I have no present connection. Apparantly it is a project coming out of our lottery funds. Here is the site:

http://www.mnbba.org/

I did go look over one of the primary squares yesterday afternoon. One of the signs of breeding probability was to witness at least 5 males singing to defend territory. I was treated to at least that many Eastern kingbirds and 3 bobolinks. Lots more around not singing. Although I couldn't take a photo to save my soul yesterday, it was still fun to see and hear. I think I'll check another square tomorrow, but will probably just post to site as a field observer. Hope to become a better birder in the process. Fortunately, they will have back up specialists in each district to double check on any unusual or difficult sightings--gives me a little more confidence to participate.

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