3rd PA Bird Atlas is Flying Forward

Birders making solid progress

Posted on May 15, 2024 in Science

Black-capped chickadee nest by Amber Wiewel

Birders are making solid progress on Pennsylvania’s 3rd Bird Atlas (PBA3), the community science project documenting the birds breeding and wintering in Pennsylvania between 2024 and 2029. Just over four months in, a significant milestone has been passed: over 100 species have been confirmed breeding in the state so far!

During the previous two Atlases in the 1980s and early 2000s, totals of 187 and 190 species, respectively, were documented breeding in the state. Birders will attempt to match those numbers in this Atlas, while collecting data to generate detailed breeding range maps for each documented species.

Calling All PA Birders!

To date, more than 1,200 birders have contributed data to the PBA3, but many more are needed to collect birding observations from every pocket of Pennsylvania, especially in more remote areas of the state where fewer birders reside. Anyone with an interest in birds can learn how to contribute to Pennsylvania’s 3rd Bird Atlas by visiting http://ebird.org/atlaspa or contacting [email protected].