Birds can tell us a lot about the environment in which we live. Because
they are sensitive to environmental stressors and occupy terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats, knowing where birds are and what
habitats they use can help us assess ecosystem health.
Breeding Bird Atlas is a volunteer-based project to determine the distribution and
abundance of all bird species breeding in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and on Prince
Edward Island. From 2006 to 2010, over 1,000 volunteers spent 49,000 hours
combing the Maritimes in search of breeding birds. During that time they
gathered over 263,350 individual bird records, including 4,700 records for
species at risk. Now it is time to put that data to good use.
Over the next year we will finalize the hard-copy Atlas publication and
website which we hope to make available by late 2014. In the interim, you
can use this website to access data summaries and view distribution maps, and
the complete data set can be downloaded at
www.naturecounts.ca. We will continue to post our progress below
under the "Latest News" and will be sure to let you know when the hard-copy
publication is available.
A big THANK-YOU to everyone who has already
purchased an advance copy of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Maritime
Provinces. In doing so, you have supported the coordination of the writing and
editing of the final publication, and will help to determine the size of the
print run. Your ongoing support of the Atlas project is very much appreciated.
Photo: Jim Strohmer
Atlas Latest News
August 9, 2013 - Progress towards final publication
Progress to date
First, we apologize, we significantly underestimated the time that
it would take to write, edit and translate this complex publication,
as well as to complete all maps and data analyses. As a consequence,
our initial launch of the pre-sale a year ago was overly optimistic.
However, we have made lots of progress. At present, species accounts
have gone through several editing stages, and have now been sent to
external reviewers. The methodology behind several analyses has been
finalized, and we are very close to finalizing how those results
will be presented in the book. The analyses and resulting maps will
go beyond what has been previously published in other Canadian
Atlases, and set a new standard for mapping abundance and comparing
change between atlases. Several initial chapters have also been
Over the next two to three months, we hope to finalize all species
accounts and maps, plus draft remaining chapters explaining results
and conservation implications. Once these tasks are complete, all
contributing organizations, as well as the editors, will read
through the final publication to ensure accuracy and consistency.
We plan to complete all writing and internal editing by the fall
2013, at which point the book will go for layout, design and English
copy-editing. This process will take approximately 3 to 4 months.
The book will then go to translation, followed by scientific review
and French copy-editing. We expect this process to take 5 to 6
months in total, at which point the book will be ready to go to
print. We hope to deliver it to you by late 2014. Thank-you
again to all of those who have already supported the Atlas by
pre-purchasing a copy. We are sure you won't be disappointed
and, like you, we are eagerly anticipating having the hard
copy in our hands.
Thank-you to the many
photographers who gave us permission to use their photos
for Atlas publications and on the website. We really