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WBBA II Final Season Kickoff

2019 Atlas Kickoff: Gearing Up for the Home Stretch

*This page contains archived presentations from the Atlas Season 5 Kickoff that took place April 5 – 7, 2019 in Stevens Point. Click on each agenda heading to access available materials.*

Full agenda

Saturday, April 6

9:30 Introduction to Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. Nick Anich (Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR), Ryan Brady (Breeding Bird Atlas Science Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR)

10:00 Exciting Results from the First Four Seasons of WBBA II. Nick Anich

11:00 Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network: Celebrating 15 Years. Eva Lewandowski (Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR)

11:10 Recognizing Our Volunteer Atlasers and County Coordinators. Ryan Brady

11:30 Funding the Breeding Bird Atlas and Donor Recognition. Charlie Luthin (Chair, Atlas Development Committee)

1:00 pm Overview of Atlas Effort: What We’ve Done and What’s Left to Do. Nick Anich

1:45 Break Out Groups – Planning for Success in 2019. A job fair–style session connecting atlasers with county coordinators to ensure completion of remaining priority blocks.

3:00 Strategies for Successfully Completing Your Atlas Block. Nick Anich

3:20 Tips for Targeting Uncommon and Secretive Species. Tom Prestby (WBBA II Training and Support Specialist)

3:40 Meeting the Challenge of Juvenile Bird Identification. Tom Schultz (Birding Expert, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology)

4:00 Revisiting Confusing Aspects of the WBBA II Protocols and Making Those Tricky Judgment Calls on Breeding Codes. Tom Prestby

4:30 Key Messages to Remember for Season 5. Ryan Brady


Sunday, April 7

8:00 Keynote Presentation – WBBA II: The Future of Atlasing in the Era of eBird. Ian Davies (eBird Project Coordinator, Cornell Lab of Ornithology).

9:00 Lessons Learned from the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio. Matt Shumar (former coordinator, Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II).

9:30 Following the Field Work: Generating Products for the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. Lee Pfannmuller (former program manager, Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas).

10:30 Expected Products of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. Nick Anich