From 2020-2024, Maryland and the District of Columbia will undertake the third Breeding Bird Atlas for this area using eBird (www.ebird.org) to collect and update the data from the two prior BBA. This project will be supported primarily by the Maryland Ornithological Society, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, and Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership and overseen by a Steering Committee with representatives from these and other organizations. The Steering Committee seeks an Atlas Coordinator to play a key role in the development, delivery, and implementation of the Atlas, including day-to-day operations, engaging experienced and novice birders, and ensuring the collection of high-quality data on Maryland and the District of Columbia’s breeding birds. Specific job duties are listed here.
Breeding Bird Atlasing takes birding in a slightly different direction than counts. Birders are assigned very specific areas to search for all nesting species. Nesting behavior such as bringing material or food to a possible nest, or observing fledglings ready to fly, must be observed and recorded. Results from across Maryland are compiled and, like with counts, trends can be determined when compared to other data and prior atlas projects. MOS completed two very successful breeding bird atlas projects and is in the initial phases of planning the next effort. MOS published the analysis from the 1983-1987 effort (Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia, E.A.T. Blom et al) and the 2002-2006 project (Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia, ed. Ellison, Walter G). Both volumes may still be available; please check with your favorite booksellers.