2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas

News and Resources

VABBA2 Season Three: Halfway Home

The past summer marked the third of five field seasons, a key milestone for the second VA Breeding Bird Atlas. Click here (Season2018Summary_Final) to download the post-season summary and catch up on interesting preliminary results and findings from the 2018 breeding season.

Past-Season Project Updates

Atlas Season Two – 2017
Check out highlights from our second season of data collection by reading here.  Downloadable versions of Atlas coverage and species maps are available on the Atlas Maps page.

Atlas Season One – 2016
Read about our first project field season here and check out a summary of data from year one of the VABBA2 project at: Season 1 Summary

Adventures in Atlasing

Project Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks

Essential Atlas Tutorials

Breeding Code Guidance

Block Completion Tips

Nocturnal Atlasing

Species Profiles

Atlas Volunteer Profiles

News and Magazine Stories

Helpful birding links and resources

  • Cornell’s Birds of North America Online: an excellent reference for comprehensive life history information on all North American birds. Atlas volunteers now receive a discounted membership!  Contact Ashley (atlas coordinator) about receiving this discount.
  • Check out this helpful link for testing and certifying your bird knowledge: Birder Certification Online
  • Cornell’s All About Birds site is fantastic resource for atlas volunteers looking for more detailed species information than what can be found

For the Young Birders…

  • Check out a great website for Beginner Birder resources, suggested by Hallie, a young birder from NY!
  • Download our Young Birders Worksheet for a simplified datasheet that kids can use to collect breeding information.  (Parents, please help your young birders enter their observations into the Atlas eBird portal.)
  • For an interesting page recommended by one of our younger birders, Anabel.  Check out Birds in the Air for lots of useful birdwatching links.