can tell us a lot about the environment in which we live. Because they are sensitive
to environmental stressors and occupy virtually all terrestrial, freshwater and
marine habitats, knowing where birds are and what habitats they use can help us
assess ecosystem health. Close to 300 species of birds breed each year in Manitoba.
These include species from the prairie grassland ecosystems, the boreal forest
and the coastal tundra of Hudson Bay. We need data on all of these species to
understand changes in the centre of the North American continent.
Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas is an ambitious five-year project to engage citizens
in documenting the distribution and abundance of all breeding birds throughout
the entire province of Manitoba. This important initiative is a collaboration
of many partners who share a passion for environmental monitoring. The Manitoba
Breeding Bird Atlas is run largely by volunteers and we are always looking for
people who would like to be involved as citizen scientists or in other capacities.
Join the effort! Anyone with a pair of binoculars and bird watching
experience, or even a desire to learn about birds, can participate. You don't
need to be an expert--we just ask that you are confident in the identification
of the birds you report. We are also looking for people with other skills such
as editing, graphic design, fundraising and promotional experience. Participants
can register here
or emailor phone usat 1-800-214-6497 for more information.
Latest news from the atlas
22 August 2014:WANTED - YOUR STORIES
A Please send us your stories and photos for inclusion in the newsletter (and perhaps elsewhere). Please also hold the date of November 7th to attend an atlas celebration dinner at the Caboto centre in Winnipeg and let us know if you would like to share a story or two (maybe even a PowerPoint) at the open mic.
11 August 2014:ATLAS on BREAKFAST TELEVISION
Christian Artuso made a brief appearance on Breakfast Television this morning to talk about the nesting of Mississippi Kites in Winnipeg and the atlas. Click here to view the video clip.
08 August 2014:ATLAS CELEBRATION DINNER
A Please hold the date of November 7th to attend an atlas celebration dinner at the Caboto centre in Winnipeg. This will be a great chance to swap stories and share the experience of the last five years. More details to follow!
Mapping birds is quickly becoming a worldwide
phenomenon. It is fun to participate of course, but the results are an invaluable
foundation of information for conserving birds and their ecosystems. Not long
ago, atlases were books of maps but more recently atlases have on-line versions
that are interactive. The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas will be on-line and we
hope to have a book too. To find out more, click here.
Thank you to the people who have generously provided photos
to make this web site better. Photos for the front page that do not show credit
(e.g., banner and mosaique) were provided by Christian Artuso and Garry Budyk.
If you are interested in providing photos to use on this site (or if we forgot
to include your name), we would love to hear
Our New Atlas Quiz
Want to practice
your Atlas codes. Try our new QUIZ,
a great learning tool!
OWL SURVEYS and the ATLAS...
Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas and the Manitoba
Nocturnal Owl Survey have teamed up to make your data do double duty!
From now on, all nocturnal owl survey data will be automatically entered into
the atlas. Simply conduct your NOS route in the usual fashion and submit your
data and we will take care of it! The 2011 Nocturnal Owl Survey forms are posted
HOWEVER, if you are feeling generous, you can do a few things to help us with
efficient data transfer. Please click HERE
to read our step-by-step instructions.
This is a great way to get your atlassing season off to a flying start. Contact
Christian Artuso (telephone: 204-945-6816
or use our toll-free number: 1-800-214-6497 if you like) to learn more.
We encourage you to report details of your observations of breeding Species At
Risk. Follow this link for a fact sheet about all COSEWIC
bird species that breed in Manitoba.
Your observations of Chimney Swift (a threatened species) can have double value
in this period, assisting both the Atlas and The Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative
(MCSI). Read more....
important initiative that will provide much needed data on bird distribution and
abundance in the central North American continent, in particular the central boreal
forest and the north-eastern part of the central prairie region. — Dr.
Stuart Butchart of Birdlife International
great thing about a bird atlas project, especially the way Manitoba is doing it,
is that it gives everyone a chance to get involved and help monitor the health
of natural areas. Even beginning birders can help by identifying the species they
know well enough. If you care about the birds, I encourage you to do your part.
The more of us we have out on the land counting birds, the more of us there will
be to defend the wild places they need to survive. — Trevor Herriot,
author of Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds.