This Atlas project marks the third time that New York birders have come together and volunteered thousands of hours to document our state’s breeding birds. Why do they do it? They do it because it's fun and because Atlas data have proven to be one of our most important tools for bird conservation. Atlas data have been used to redesign development projects, relocate solar and wind farms, shape endangered species lists, and track climate change.

At a time when many bird populations are in decline, Atlas data provide vital information on life history and bird distributions that allow decision makers to manage land in a way that benefits both birds and people.

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Why We Need Your Support

NY BBA III is a multi-year endeavor involving five years of field surveys followed by data analysis and production of a final product that could take another three years. While volunteer birders are the heart and soul of the Atlas, we will need nearly two million dollars over the next eight years to address all the project goals. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has jump-started the Atlas by providing about $150,000 a year in federal funds that run out in March of 2023. Funding beyond that date is uncertain and not guaranteed.

We need your help to complete the Atlas so we can inform conservation and protect New York’s birds for years to come.

We accept donations through the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA), a 501(c)(3) and Atlas partner organization. Donations are tax-deductible and appear on your statement as a donation to NYSOA but will be earmarked for the Atlas.

How Your Donations Will Be Used

Your donation will be used to support the following essential activities.

  • General project funding for future years (salaries, travel, subcontracts, administrative support)
  • Workshops, volunteer appreciation gatherings, and blockbusting events (venue costs, equipment rental, signage, food, speakers)
  • Outreach and advertising (stickers, banner, travel, incentives and awards)
  • IT and supplies (email marketing services, maps for block sign-up, books, software)
  • Fundraising costs (online directories, premiums, prizes, raffle tickets, software)
  • Additional research (field technicians for point counts and abundance data collection, targeted species surveys)
  • Part-time staff to assist with data management and communications
  • Final product development (website development, writing, editing, publication)

Other Ways to Donate

There are three ways to donate to the Atlas.

  • Sponsor a species.
  • Make a one-time gift using the box on the right.
  • Shop at our online store. The Atlas receives a 5% royalty on every purchase of Atlas gear from our online shop on Zazzle. Buy an Atlas-themed tee shirt, mug, tote bag, or hat and show your support for the Atlas and the birds of New York State.

Tax Deduction

Under the CARES Act, all taxpayers can take an above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300. If you itemize your deductions, the normal limit for contributions—usually 50 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) or 60 percent for cash—is suspended for 2020. This means that you can deduct 100 percent of gifts valued at your full AGI. We suggest you consult your tax advisor for more details.