Sound To Sage

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The result of over 10,000 hours of field surveying by more than 300 “citizen science” volunteers, Sound to Sage presents maps and accounts of the nesting occurrence of 213 species of birds in a four-county, 5,000-square-mile swath of Washington extending from the shores of Puget Sound across the Cascade Range to the sagebrush lands adjoining the Columbia River.


Browse distribution maps and interpretive accounts arranged in taxonomic order by bird family.


Pick an atlas block on a county map or table to display the breeding bird status and observer hours for the block.


Download county-wide atlas datasets.

About Sound to Sage

History Tells the story of the breeding bird atlas from its inception as a statewide project in 1987 to publication of the four-county continuation in 2006.

Geography and Mapping Grid Discusses the landforms and climate of the four-county area and explains the grid of nine-square-mile “atlas blocks” used for field surveying.

Methodology What is a breeding bird atlas? How was breeding evidence obtained and evaluated? Where and in what form are the field data accessible?

Measures of Effort Describes the deployment of field observers in each of the four counties, and procedures implemented to ensure a uniform minimum level of coverage.

Acknowledgments Recognizes those who created the atlas, from field observation to data analysis to presentation of the results in Sound to Sage.

References Gives full references for publications cited in abbreviated form in Sound to Sage.