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The New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project

Atlas Handbook


Out of Block Observation Form

Document number (for office use)  ________      

The atlas project can use all records of breeding birds that you observe, even outside your block. If you confirm breeding outside your block, please report it on an out of block observation form, not on a field observation card. The office staff must be able to map the exact location of an out of block observation to within a square mile so that the record can be assigned to the proper location for mapping. Start with a landmark that signifies a point (intersections of roads, river crossings, and political boundaries are good), and then provide an exact distance (to the tenth of a mile if possible) and direction (compass bearings are best) from your landmark.

Use this form if you have a few records of breeding birds gathered incidentally from blocks outside your assigned block, such as while traveling to and from your assigned block, or in your back yard. If you have 10 or more records in one block, please use the regular field observation card. Send out of block observation forms to your regional organizer at the end of each breeding season. Remember the deadline is September 15 of each year!

Observer's Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
Telephone ____________________________  Time spent observing _______________________
E-mail address ____________________________________

Site
 Number
Date
mm/dd
Species Breeding
 Code
Habitat
 Code
Block
Name
Block
Number
 

(For Office Use)

             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             

See the atlas handbook for breeding and cover type group codes.

Examples of an exact location description: Two miles south of the intersection of County Road J and State Route K, or the southeastern quarter of the northwestern quarter of T17N, R14E, Section 13, Town of Frijoles, Eddy County. (Use road numbers when available.)

Give exact location descriptions on page 2. A photocopy of a map covering about 3 miles on a side is most helpful.

Site #1, Location Description_____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County__________________________________________________________
Site #2, Location Description _____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #3, Location Description _____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #4, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #5, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #6, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #7, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #8, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________
Site #9, Location Description ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Nearest Town, County _________________________________________________________


Go to the Atlas Forms page for a printable version of the Out of Block Observation Form.

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