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Atlas-3 2022 Kickoff – April 23 and 24! (Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas)
April 23 - April 24
|On Earth Day Weekend, we are officially kicking off the atlassing season with webinars and (finally!) field events to help you get into atlassing mode and prepare you for the season ahead. The event will be somewhat similar to last year’s Launch weekend, but this time you get to meet fellow atlassers, do some first hand learning from experts, perhaps connect with an atlassing mentor or mentee, and contribute to the atlassing conversation face-to-face.
Although we will have a webinar session introducing the Atlas, if you’re new to atlassing, you might want to check out the many resources on the Atlas YouTube channel prior to the event.
In the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, there will be a series of webinars which are listed in the itinerary below. On Sunday morning, April 24, some Regional Coordinators are organizing local events across the province. These will give you a chance to meet your fellow atlassers, get some first-hand training on various aspects of atlassing and help with your planning for the season ahead. Check with your RC for details of these events – some Regions may be conducting their events on Saturday morning, or online.
Registration is required for the online webinar portion of the weekend, please use the following links to sign up:
Note* the same registration link is used for all of Saturday’s events
For the kickoff, we are putting out three inter-regional challenges – where we will compare results among regions to determine which region wins. The first is to see which region can do the most standardized owl surveys during March and April (up to April 22) – there will be prizes for each survey type, so one for the Eastern Screech-Owl survey, one for the Barred Owl and Northern Saw-Whet Owls survey, etc. The second challenge is to see which region can confirm breeding for the most species during the period April 16-24, 2022 (Hint: Used nests from 2021 can be very useful here). And the third challenge is to see which region can provide the most pictures of atlassers in the field. To enter this one, tag @ONBirdAtlas on Instagram or @ONBreedingBirdAtlas on Facebook in your post or story, and make sure to include hashtags of both #ONBirdAtlas2022 and #RegionNUMBER (e.g. #Region08 or #Region37) with the photo so we can tally the results per region! For each challenge, we’ll be doing some calibrations (e.g. based on the size and population densities of regions) to make these as fair as possible. We want to be sure all regions are able to compete equally in the challenge!
|Saturday, April 23||1PM||Introduction to Atlassing and results from Year 1||Gregor Beck, Chair of the Atlas Management Committee, will open the weekend with a few words. This will be followed with a presentation by Atlas Coordinator, Mike Cadman, introducing the Atlas project and reviewing the efforts by Atlassers in year-1.|
|Saturday, April 23||2PM||Breeding Evidence, Safe Dates, and Significant Species||In this session, Mike Burrell will discuss some of the biggest questions surrounding breeding evidence codes, safe dates, and significant species. This will include: how to use the Safe Date chart, what information to include for Significant Species, and some common mistakes made with breeding evidence codes.|
|Saturday, April 23||3PM||Special Surveys & Digital Point Counts (Zoom Units)||Join Kathy Jones and Kaelyn Bumelis for an overview of the Atlas Special Surveys and Digital Point Counts! Kathy will give the run-down on all of the special surveys: what they are, where and when to conduct them, and what is needed to participate. Following this, Kaelyn will discuss how Digital Point Counts are collected, interpreted and uploaded to the Atlas!|
|Saturday, April 23||4PM||Data entry and NatureCounts||Find out what’s new with NatureCounts! This session will cover the NatureCounts web portal and App, as well as data entry via eBird import. Learn the best tips for data entry, and bring your NatureCounts questions. Presented by Kaelyn Bumelis.|
|Sunday, April 24||Regional events||Please contact your Regional Coordinator to find out what is happening in your region!
Note* some Regions may be conducting their events online or on Saturday the 23, so make sure to reach out to them for more info!
|Sunday, April 24||1PM||Weekend wrap-up and Trivia||After the weekend’s events, we’ll be wrapping up by announcing challenge winners, reviewing weekend highlights, answering your lingering questions, and – of course – playing a round of trivia!|