The Santa Cruz Bird Club is sponsoring an effort to conduct a Breeding Bird Atlas Survey for the county of Santa Cruz.
This effort is being led by Alex Rinkert. He has concluded a pilot project for the year of 2017. His report on the pilot year can be found here: Santa Cruz BBA 2017
The Santa Cruz Bird Club is pleased to announce contributions to the Santa Cruz County Breeding Bird Atlas II are now tax-deductible!
The Santa Cruz Bird Club recently partnered with the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Our partnership allows all donations to be tax-deductible and gives the atlas more administrative support, eligibility to apply for grants, and limited liability coverage for all atlas participants.
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory’s work over the past 40 years has been instrumental to the conservation and management of bird populations in the rapidly changing San Francisco Bay estuary. For more information about their projects, please visit sfbbo.org. We believe partnering with organizations such as the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory helps move the atlas closer toward publication, which will benefit both birders and local birds as an indispensable resource and conservation tool.
To make an online tax-deductible contribution to the atlas, please visit the atlas page on the SFBBO website:
Checks payable to “SFBBO” with a memo titled “Breeding Bird Atlas” can also be sent to:
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
524 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035
100% of your donation goes to the Santa Cruz County Breeding Bird Atlas II.
Steve Gerow (7/8/56-5/10/17) was very excited to see the launch of the long awaited Santa Cruz Breeding Bird Atlas Project.
WHAT IS A BREEDING BIRD ATLAS?
A breeding bird atlas is a compendium of everything known about the breeding birds in a specific region, usually a county or state. An atlas describes the breeding distribution and abundance (where and how many breed), breeding phenology (timing of breeding events), and local life history (breeding ecology) of each species. The data used to produce a breeding bird atlas is collected by volunteers trained to use a standardized methodology of interpreting bird behavior and recording their observations. A breeding bird atlas serves as an indispensable resource, a conservation tool, and a strengthening force in the local birding community.
The County is divided into block for the purposes of the atlas, these blocks are shown on a google earth map you can download here.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate in field work, attend an atlaser training in early March. Atlasing and recording data for the project is simple, fun, and much like every day birding. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to attend, and those residing outside Santa Cruz County are as well. The only commitment is to attend a training.
At each training we will stroll through a private riparian corridor where we will discuss atlasing and interpreting breeding behavior. We will then head inside a clubhouse for instruction on how to record observations on the atlas datasheet. All trainings will begin at the entrance to Sorrento Oaks, located at 800 Brommer Street, Santa Cruz. Free parking is available along Brommer Street outside the park entrance. No advanced signup is necessary; just meet at the entrance to Sorrento Oaks on the training date.
Trainings will be held on the following dates:
Friday, March 2 8 AM
Saturday, March 3 8 AM
Wednesday, March 7 4 PM
Saturday, March 10 8 AM
Sunday, March 11 8 AM
We are also looking for volunteers to help with outreach, fundraising, and publishing the atlas. Specifically, we are needing people to help man tables at festivals, plan and assist with fundraising events, and offer expertise in publishing. Please contact Alex Rinkert, Atlas Director, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org