Have you ever wondered which birds use Loudoun’s parks and preserves as migratory stop-overs, wintering sites, or places to breed?
You can find out with the new species lists for 7 special birding areas in Loudoun: Algonkian Park, the Blue Ridge Center, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Bles Park, Claude Moore Park, Horsepen Preserve, and the Dulles Wetlands.
These lists were compiled from data collected during the 2009-2014 Loudoun County Bird Atlas project, which includes year-round data for both breeding and non-breeding birds, and can be downloaded from the Bird Atlas website https://loudounwildlife.org/Bird_Atlas.htm.
The Bird Atlas Project involved 85 volunteers, who spent more than 5,900 hours over the five-year period collecting data. Check out the “Bird Atlas Summary Report” for some fascinating looks at what species are increasing or declining, plus the Top 25 Breeding species were. You can also find and download an updated “Birds of Loudoun County Checklist” from the website.
Contact Atlas Coordinator Spring Ligi, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or comments.