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Patuxent Science Meeting 2006 Poster Abstract

More than an Atlas: The Virginia Breeding Bird Book

Clapp RB, Angle CJ

Field work for the Virginia Atlas Project, an undertaking designed to map the distribution of

Virginia's breeding birds, ended in 1989. Another four years elapsed before planning to present

the results of this work. Since then there have been significant changes in perhaps 20% of the

more than 200 species known to breed or have bred in the state. Consequently, it was

determined that the work in progress, "The Breeding Birds of Virginia" be emended to include

significant recent data both on bird distribution and aspects of their breeding biology relevant to

the species in Virginia. The account for the Acadian Flycatcher, for example, includes breeding

data published in 2005 as well as Breeding Bird Survey data through 2004. Because no book

on the breeding birds of Virginia has been available since 1913, material was also compiled on

migration and nesting data to make the eventual book that much more relevant to reader

Friday, September 22, 2006



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