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Least Bittern
Least Bittern, juvenilecredit: L Servio
Piping Plover
Piping Plovercredit: K Haws
Lark Bunting
Lark Buntingcredit: J Schladweiler

The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas (MNBBA) is a critical bird conservation project designed to document every species that currently breeds in Minnesota and where in the state each species breeds. Surprisingly, Minnesota is one of only seven states, and the only state along the Mississippi Flyway, that has not developed a breeding bird atlas.

Thanks to the efforts of more than 800 volunteers, we have successfully completed Phase 1 of the Atlas - data collection! From 2009 through 2013, Atlas volunteers and project partners covered the state to report evidence of breeding species. Preliminary results show 250 species reported with breeding evidence confirmed for 232 species. Well done, everyone! This effort by Minnesota birders, researchers, and bird enthusiasts resulted in over 350,000 observations. Participants reported species in 2339 project priority blocks (13 blocks were inaccessible) plus additional data in 4000 non-priority blocks. Take a look at these special sightings.

The data collection phase of the project is now complete but the project does not end here. See the News/Events tab for what’s next in 2014 and how preliminary results are already being used.

Acknowledgements. Data collected for the Atlas was only possible thanks to the commitment of all our volunteers, strong project partnerships, and funding by supportive organizations.

We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and project partners who contributed to the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. Principle funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). Additional funding and in-kind donations were generously provided by Audubon Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota - Duluth, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to data contributions submitted by volunteers, data were also provided by: Audubon Minnesota, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Golden-winged Warbler Working Group, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Hormel Nature Center, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, Midwest Peregrine Society, Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, National Park Service, Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota – Duluth, The Nature Conservancy, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Forest Service, United States Geological Service, the University of Minnesota and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Note: All data is preliminary pending final review.