Welcome to British Columbia’s first Breeding Bird Atlas!
The British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas partnership is proud to publish online one of the largest volunteer-based initiatives in British Columbia’s history, and a major new resource for conservation.
Leading British Columbian bird experts describe the distribution, abundance, habitat and conservation of about 320 species of birds that bred and potentially bred in the province between 2008 and 2012, beautifully illustrated by some of British Columbia’s finest photographers. Detailed maps show where each species occurs and how common it is. Graphs help show what is behind the patterns of distribution and abundance, and a series of tools allows you to explore and download the information.
Teaming Professionals with Volunteers
The project business model, designed in 2007 by Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, the BC Ministry of Environment, BC Nature, the BC Field Ornithologists, the Pacific Wildlife Foundation and Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd., teamed a small group of professionals with an army of volunteer birdwatchers and many generous donors from the government, foundation and private sectors.
The Atlas is founded on the skill and dedication of more than 1,300 citizen-scientists organised by an amazing group of 45 volunteer Regional Coordinators who spent five years (2008-2012) logging over 56,000 hours of field data collection―the equivalent of 30 years full-time fieldwork by one person. More than 600 volunteers were trained or directly supported, building significant new science capacity in British Columbia’s communities.
A Major, New, Free Online Publication
This Atlas is the single most comprehensive, current information source on the status of British Columbia’s breeding birds. More than 630,000 records of 320 species are included in the database, including more than 16,500 records of 75 species at risk. We believe it is also the most extensive bird atlas published anywhere online to date. The entire contents―maps, species accounts, graphs, tables, raw data, and more―are available to everyone free of charge.
Something for Everyone
We have designed the Atlas for use by a wide variety of interest groups:
The user-friendly digital presentations are designed for computers in the office and at home, are also well suited for viewing on mobile devices in the field, and the species accounts can be downloaded and printed.