The Birds of Mecklenburg County: BBA and Mecklenburg Audubon

The Birds of Mecklenburg County: BBA and Mecklenburg Audubon

This project involves illustrating bird species for the publication Birds of Mecklenburg County, which will include Breeding Bird Atlas data. Since 2011, BBA participants have been searching for where Mecklenburg birds are breeding, if there are any new or missing species, and mapping their locations across the county.

The Mecklenburg County Conservation Science Office is the headquarters for the data collection for the project, and a future publication is being planned in order to share with the public the findings from this monumental effort. There will also be local historical natural history accounts, and highlights of conservation efforts around our area. The Mecklenburg Audubon Society is sponsoring the project.

The breeding bird count for Mecklenburg County is currently at 125 species. The bird count of all species (including migrants and winter residents) is at 310 species.

The process for this project involves preliminary sketches, as seen at left, and transfer to coquille paper for the final illustration. We have six wren species records in Mecklenburg County, with two that breed here, the Carolina and House Wren.

An article written by Amber Veverka and published in The Charlotte Observer describes the project in detail, and shares more of my work and process.

One of the codes to document a breeding bird, is FY, for when you see a parent feeding young. This Carolina Chickadee was begging loudly for food in my backyard.

One of the codes to document a breeding bird, is FY, for when you see a parent feeding a recently fledged young. This Carolina Chickadee was begging loudly for food in my backyard, and receiving sunflower seeds from a tired parent.