Canton Audubon: Results from the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio
April 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twenty-five years after the publication of the state’s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio brings our knowledge of the state’s bird populations up to date and provides important new information. The Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for more than two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species and five species not known to have bred in over fifty years. More than nine hundred dedicated birdwatchers completed surveys of birds across the state from 2006 to 2011. Additionally, trained staff collected new data on bird abundance using point-count surveys. These counts tabulated not only species but individual birds as well, enabling precise estimates of the actual statewide populations for many of the breeding species detected. In all, more than one million bird records were compiled by birders and professional researchers for the second Atlas, providing an unprecedented snapshot of the bird life of Ohio. Matthew will discuss how information generated from the Atlas is providing important insight into factors driving changes in bird populations including changes in land use and climate.