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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.


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.


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


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