Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
The New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project
A breeding birds atlas project is a monumental task in magnitude and duration. Such a project could not be accomplished without the commitment of many people. People who have been especially helpful in sharing advice and experiences are Laurie Averill-Murray, Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas; Ted Floyd, Coordinator Nevada Breeding Bird Atlas; Bettie Harriman, Director Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas; Dan Hough, GIS specialist for the Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas; Bill Howe, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Hugh Kingery, Editor Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas; Patricia Mehlhop, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico; Richard Peterson, Editor South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas; Dan Reinking, Coordinator Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas; Chandler Robbins, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; John Sauer, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; and Sandy Williams, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
This atlas project relies especially heavily on the work of previous and continuing atlas projects from other states, provinces, and countries. The atlasing methods described in the published atlases of Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota have been helpful in developing New Mexico's atlas methods. The atlas handbooks from Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have been especially helpful in developing this handbook.
The New Mexico Breeding Birds Atlas project is indebted to Los Alamos National Bank; Real Estate Associates, Inc., of Los Alamos; and at least two-dozen citizens. Their financial support was critical for starting the project and establishing the project's non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service.
Most importantly, this atlas would not be possible without the encouragement, support, and interest of the state's birders, bird enthusiasts and professionals who are contributing their skills, knowledge and time to make the project successful. Special in this regard is Jim Travis whose encouragement and support for a New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas have been unwavering.
Lastly, special thanks go to Miriam Oudejans and Tom and Kathy Stephens for suggesting improvements to an earlier version of this handbook.