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Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland
and the District of Columbia

Chandler S. Robbins, Senior Editor
Eirik T. Blom, Project Coordinator
Editorial Board: John Cullom, Jane H. Farrell,
Emily D. Joyce, M. Kathleen Klimkiewicz, John G. Malcolm,
D. Ann Rasberry, Robert F. Ringler, Joanne K. Solem, and Glenn D. Therres.


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The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia is a publication of the Maryland Ornithological Society and the result of tens of thousands of hours of work in the field, in libraries, in file rooms, at computer terminals, and at kitchen tables. The culmination of five years (1983-1987) of intensive field work by professional wildlife biologists and 800 volunteers, it presents data on 199 species of birds that breed in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Cover art for the atlas featuring a baltimore oriole painting by John W. Taylor. Dr. Chandler S. Robbins, wildlife research biologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior since 1945, has devoted most of his life to the study of distribution, migration, and habitat requirements of Maryland birds. With Bertel Bruun and Herbert Zim, he wrote Birds of North America. He has been editor of Maryland Birdlife since 1947 and was technical editor of Audubon Field Notes - American Birds, 1952-1989.
The late Eirik A. T. Blom was editorial consultant to Birdwatcher's Digest and regional editor of American Birds.
Each species account contains information on habitat requirements, distribution, abundance, history, and nesting characteristics. The field observers achieved over 99 percent coverage of the study area and generated over 100,000 records.

In addition, The Atlas includes historical distribution data collected since the mid-1800s, nest records collected over the past 100 years, data from breeding bird surveys conducted since 1966, and relative abundance information from minaret data collected since 1983.

Highly accurate, and compactly presented, The Atlas establishes a baseline of breeding distribution on which all future studies can rely and will be a valuable tool to anyone--amateur and professional alike--concerned with our ornithological heritage.