Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Begins Five-year Project in 2017 to Update Data from the 1980s

Old Dominion birds of water, dry land, or habitats in between are all the focus of the second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2).

VABBA2 is a five-year project, starting in 2017, to survey and map the distribution and status of bird species that breed in the Commonwealth.  This is the second such survey, following one conducted in the 1980s.  The project is led by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Society of Ornithology, Virginia Tech’s Conservation Management Institute, and 14 regional coordinators.  Citizen volunteers will collect much of the data on location, numbers, and breeding behavior.

More information is available from the project’s Web site,; and in “Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Project Relies on Volunteers to Update Data,” Virginia Tech College on Natural Resources and Environment News Magazine, 2/10/17.

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