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The New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project

Volunteers Needed

The New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project needs volunteers. You can participate either by surveying an atlas block or collecting "out-of-block observations." (See map of First-Tier Priority Blocks) To survey an atlas block you must visit an assigned area, produce a comprehensive species list, and confirm breeding of at least 50% of the potential breeding bird species. This requires about 20-30 hours of careful bird watching and listening during several visits at different times within the breeding season. Most blocks in New Mexico are in rural or forested areas, so be prepared to travel. The atlas project will supply you with maps, field observation cards, and an atlas handbook. You will also be given the name and phone number of a regional organizer to contact with your questions and with whom to review methods and results.

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  • To become an atlas volunteer, please contact:

    Stephen Fettig at 505-662-6785 ( or Jim Place at 505-883-1253 (

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