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Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Launch Event – Saturday

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Common loon with chicks on water

Join us on Saturday April 24 for the first day of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas-3 launch weekend! The sessions scheduled throughout the weekend will provide volunteers with everything they need to know about atlassing and how they can get involved in Atlas-3.

Session Topics for Saturday

Beginner Atlassing (11am–12pm)
Welcome new birders! This session will cover beginner bird identification, as well as the different ways that new birders can participate in Atlas-3!

Young Birders (12:30–1:30)
Join our panel of young birders as they discuss how young atlassers can participate in Atlas-3. The panel will be followed by a Q&A.

Introduction & Welcome (1:45–2:00)
Join us for an introduction to Atlas-3 and the launch weekend, and to learn more about the inner workings of the Atlas.

Introduction to Atlassing (2:00–2:45)
This session will touch on everything you need to know about Atlassing, including: the Atlas-3 goals and targets, what roles are available, how to atlas your square, and much more.

Breeding Codes and Safe Dates (3:00–3:30)
Learn about breeding evidence and safe dates charts, including the different levels and categories of breeding evidence and when to use various breeding evidence codes, as well as how to tell the migrant birds from the breeders.

Advanced Atlassing (3:45–4:45)
This session will focus on advanced atlassing topics such as: point counts, special surveys including owls and marsh birds, and tips for nest searches and locating ‘hard to find’ species.

Submitting Data (5:00–5:30)
This session will provide a walkthrough on how to collect and submit data using both the NatureCounts online portal, and the NatureCounts app.

Trivia (7:00–8:00)
Have fun testing your knowledge about all things atlas-related. Participants will have a chance to be entered into a draw to win exciting bird-friendly prizes!


April 24
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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