Iowa’s 2nd Breeding Bird Atlas was a five-year project (2008 - 2012), where professionals and volunteers collected information on the current ranges of Iowa’s breeding birds. The intention is to enhance our understanding of these species, their breeding range, and their habitat selection, in order to better inform future management decisions. Numerous changes to Iowa’s landscape in the 17 years since the first atlas project was completed in 1990 (e.g., widespread wetland restorations and the CRP program) suggest that a second atlas project will reveal many changes.
Around the state, there were 791 BBA search blocks, to be visited and completed by the end of 2012. This project required many hours of volunteer help from birders statewide.
For more information check out the Breeding Bird Atlas website.
The BBA was sponsored by the Iowa Ornithologists Union and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. A publication of the project results is forthcoming.