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Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3: Community Science Saturday

  • 12 Feb 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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Maryland is often referred to as “America in Miniature”, and the birds that nest here illustrate that analogy almost as well as the geography. Over 220 bird species breed in Maryland and DC, but the communities that use the Coastal Plain are vastly different from those in the Alleghenies. The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 is a five-year community science project documenting the distribution of where each of those species breed across the region. This is the third time this project has been conducted in Maryland and DC since the 80s, and that repetition provides an unparalleled record of how local bird distributions have changed over time. Atlas Coordinator Gabriel Foley will provide an overview of how the project collects data, an update on the current status, and discuss how you can get involved and submit your own observations.

Gabriel Foley is an avid birder from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada. For his graduate work there, he researched nighthawk habitat use in Canada’s boreal forest. Over the past decade, he has worked on research projects in Canada, the US, and South Africa and for conservation organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Now, he is excited to be the Coordinator for the Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3.

Photo: Red-winged Blackbird by Mark R Johnson / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML93848971)

Community Science is the collaboration of everyday citizens and trained scientists to advance scientific knowledge. Community scientists can help the scientific community in myriad ways including data collection and data analysis. For scientists who don’t have the time or access to do research the way they want to, citizen scientists are stepping in to fill the gap.
NHSM is committed to supporting ongoing research by serving as a community scientist pipeline. These presentations are free to attend. You will have the opportunity to donate financially to NHSM during the registration process. Please direct any questions to
The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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