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RBC I The second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas is in the final stages of editing and layout in preparation for printing. Co-publishers Colorado Bird Atlas Partnership and Colorado Parks and Wildlife seek are in search of pre-orders to help implement a smooth mass distribution of the book’s launch.
Cost is $75 plus shipping or pick-up options. Pre-orders will guide the print run and ensure coverage of the many costs of publication. Only, slightly more books will be printed than pre-orders received.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly towards publication costs, with any amount leftover saved for the initiation of Atlas III (in 2027).
The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas book is in press after four years of preparation. This 750-page reference follows in the footsteps of the first Atlas book, documenting current distribution, habitat use and breeding phenology of Colorado’s breeding birds as well as changes in species distribution across a 20-year interval.
The book includes detailed accounts for 262 species and short accounts for about a dozen more with full color maps, graphs and illustrations by Colorado-based artist Radeaux. The new book represents another milestone in Colorado ornithology and bird conservation that will be used by natural resource managers, educators, birders and environmentalists for years to come.
Breeding Bird Atlases are critical tools for large-scale, long-term monitoring of breeding birds, unparalleled by other techniques. These projects document species distribution, breeding phenology, and habitat use, and when repeated at regular intervals, they can detect changes in these variables over time.
Fueled almost entirely by volunteers, Breeding Bird atlases are also some of the most extensive and influential citizen science projects ongoing today.
Colorado birders conducted field work for the state’s first Breeding Bird Atlas from 1987 to 1995. Published in 1998, Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas (H. E. Kingery, Ed.) detailed distribution, habitat use and breeding status of over 250 species, a landmark achievement in Colorado ornithology.