BPP • E-Newsletter • June 2009

Contact the BPP:

Jessica Zelt

Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705

Phone: (301) 497-5745
Fax: (301) 497-5624
E-mail: jzelt@usgs.gov

Visit the BPP:


Understanding global climate change and how it is affecting bird
populations across North America

      The North American Bird Phenology Program (BPP) just hit a new milestone- over 300,000 cards scanned in the BPP office! Here is our current progress:

Migration Cards Scanned in the BPP Office: 306,474
Migration Cards Currently Available Online: 107,052
Migration Cards Transcribed Online: 169,056
Number of Online Transcribers: 1,343

ØPlease email me a picture of yourself transcribing from your home computer, couch, office or wherever!  We are looking to highlight some of the online transcribers across the world who are participating with the program.  Include your name and location in the email.
ØI am in the midst of re-doing the website.  If you have any suggestions or additional information you would like to find on the website- please email me.
ØWe are still in need of office volunteers who can come in and scan migration cards.  If you are in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area- come on in!
ØCheck out ABC News in Washington DC and San Francisco- A segment on the BPP is set to air soon.
ØOnline participants will be able to choose which species or location they would like to transcribe any day now. I will send out an announcement when the feature becomes available.

      As always, I would like to thank the hard work and dedication of the office volunteers who come in every week to scan migration cards. They are doing an incredible job making sure cards are available for transcription online! To see a full list of the species that have been scanned in the office and how many cards have been scanned of that species, please visit: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/DataAndStats.cfm
      Please contact me if you have any questions or comments and don’t forget to check out the BPP website for more information.


     Jessica Zelt

Observer of the Month: Walter John Hoxie
Taking a closer look at one of the many names that show up in the cabinets

      Walter John Hoxie was born in Rochester, New York, February 26, 1848, but spent the majority of his life in the south. During his life, Hoxie taught at many schools around the country. While teaching in Massachusetts, Hoxie married Harriet Mosely in 1871. They had 3 daughters. In 1879, Hoxie moved to the south and bought a plantation at Land’s End on St. Helena Island in South Carolina. While there, he took every opportunity to study birds. A talented writer, Hoxie contributed approximately five hundred lengthy articles to magazines and newspapers, such as the Savannah Morning News. Hoxie even had eight titles in the Auk, Wilson Bulletin, and Ornithologist and Oologist.
      Hoxie is probably best known for his collection of specimens. During his extensive travel through the south eastern part of the United States he collected and prepared hundreds of museum specimens over the course of his life. A few notable ornithological records Hoxie took were the second and third Bridled Tern to be recorded from the United States, and the breeding of the Long-billed Curlew and of the Savannah Sparrow on the Sea Islands.
      Hoxie also had many pets, none of which were captives, rather they were allowed to come and go as they pleased. Most of them were birds, including Audubon caracaras, doves, sand pipers, parakeets, mocking birds and even bald eagles.
      John Walter Hoxie died in his last home in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 30, 1934.
To learn more about Walter John Hoxie, please visit: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4156317?seq=1&cookieSet=1