Big Atlas Weekend 2022

Want to represent Newfoundland and make your birding count this summer? Join us from June 24th to 26th for this year’s Big Atlas Weekend! This exciting annual competition is a fun way for birders from across the province to document breeding birds and come together as a birding community.

The event is being coordinated across the four US states and two Canadian provinces currently conducting breeding bird atlases: NewfoundlandOntarioNew YorkMaineMaryland and DC, and North Carolina.

To participate, all you need to do is go atlassing between 6:00 pm  on Friday, June 24 and 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 26 and submit your checklist through the NatureCounts App or Web Portal.

Click here to learn more about the Big Atlas Weekend schedule, challenges, and prizes!

Atlas Square Blitz – Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove

We are excited to be organizing a square blitz on the Avalon this year! A square blitz is a one-day event where any and all atlassers are invited to participate in point counts and general atlassing in an effort to complete a square in one day!

This year we will be blitzing square 22TCT75, the square that includes Maddox-Cove and Petty Harbour, on June 11th, with a rain date of June 12th. Find a map of the square here.

Please email us at nfatlasreg7@gmail.com if you are interested in conducting point counts or would like some suggestions on where to atlas so we can coordinate survey efforts. And for those interested in connecting with other atlassers, we will be meeting up at 8 am by the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium (with snacks!).

We can’t wait to see you out there!

An Evening of Owls

Back by popular demand…but in-person this time! Join us Wednesday, April 27th at 7 pm at the Corduroy Brook Nature Centre and Trail to learn about the owl species of Newfoundland and Labrador, owl science, and how you can participate in important owl research as a citizen scientist!

Winter 2022: The Birds of Newfoundland webinar series

Starting January 24th, we’re offering a free online webinar series focusing on identifying the bird species found here on our magnificent island! For 12 weeks, you can join us Monday night at 7:30 pm (Newfoundland time) to learn all about the birds of Newfoundland. A list of topics and registration links is below. Feel free to register for one or two sessions or all 12; the choice is yours. We hope to see you there!

Bird Identification for Beginners

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Seabirds, Gulls, and Terns

Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Ducks and Loons

Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Shorebirds and Gamebirds

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Raptors, Woodpeckers, Kingfishers

Date: Monday, February 21, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Warblers

Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here 

Sparrows, Finches, and Grosbeaks

Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Other Passerines

Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Habitats of Newfoundland

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Species at Risk

Date: Monday, March 28, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Atlassing for Beginners

Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

Birding by Ear

Date: Monday, April 11, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register here

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