This project involved illustrating bird species for the future publication Birds of the Central Carolinas, which will include Mecklenburg County 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 this project, and the future publication will share with the public the findings from this monumental effort. There will be natural history accounts, other scientific records, and highlights of conservation efforts around our area. The Mecklenburg Audubon Society is sponsoring the project.
The breeding bird count for Mecklenburg is currently at 117 species. The bird count of all species (including migrants and winter residents) is at 310 species.
An article by Amber Veverka published in The Charlotte Observer describes the project in detail, and shares more of my work and process.