WOW is sponsoring a Bird Walk on April 21. The leader of that walk is Rob Van Epps who is a very experienced birder. One of his current interests is the Breeding Bird Atlas for Mecklenburg County. I asked Rob to share with us some information about this activity. Here’s what he said.
The Mecklenburg County BBA is part of a nationwide effort to determine where birds breed and in what concentration. The current Meck Co survey is a three-year project that started in 2011. Volunteers from around the county are assigned blocks of approximately 10 square miles each. The volunteers visit the blocks throughout the breeding season and attempt to verify what species are breeding there through observation of nests, young or other means. I am monitoring two blocks in the Davidson area. They include Fisher Farm Park and Abersham. I spend the majority of my time in my blocks in areas like FFP, Abersham, West Branch Nature Preserve, greenways, etc. as would be expected –the large, protected natural areas are where you find the most birds and the most diversity.
Don Seriff of the Mecklenburg County Conservation Science Office adds:
We want to announce the official start of the second year of the three-year Mecklenburg County – Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA). This effort is a joint partnership between Mecklenburg Audubon Society, Mecklenburg County’s Natural Resources Program, and the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The project is also sponsored by the Carolina Bird Club. Over 100 participants from 8 different counties assisted in providing records in 2011!
If you would like to go on the Bird Walk on April 21 please send an email to Erin at email@example.com. You will need to register for this walk. Location information will be given to those who register.