Square Bashes

If you’re looking to meet fellow Atlassers, get hands-on training from experts, and help collect data in under surveyed areas, join us at an Atlas square bash! These multi-day events are hosted by Atlas staff and are strategically held at Ontario Parks located within or near large gaps in data coverage. Each day, participants split up and conduct Atlas surveys in Atlas squares near the park that are in need of data. Come for a day or more (free camping for registered participants). All skill levels welcome!

(Friday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 29 2024)

Pinery Provincial Park is situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Huron, and contains regionally-rare ecosystems such as Great Lakes coastal sand dunes and an oak savanna. The park and surrounding area are host to over 300 bird species, with possibilities including Tufted Titmouse, Red-headed Woodpeckers and maybe even a Dickcissel! This event is especially convenient for London atlassers. Register for the Pinery Square Bash here.

(Friday, May 31 - Wednesday, June 5 2024)

Join us for our Bon Echo Square Bash! This area has beautiful lakes with stunning cliffs, often home to birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcons and a rich diversity of warblers and other forest songbirds. This event is a convenient trip for Ottawa, Peterborough and Kingston atlassers. Register for the Bon Echo Square Bash here.

(Friday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 12 2024)

Join us for our Mikisew Square Bash! This area is home to beautiful hardwood forests and wetlands, and Bald Eagles and Ospreys can often be seen on Eagle Lake. A rich diversity of warblers and other forest songbirds also nest in the area. Located just off of Highway 11, this event is convenient for local atlassers as well as those who want to take a trip further north. Register for the Mikisew Square Bash here.

Regional Events

Can’t make it any of the Atlas HQ-led square bashes above? No problem! Many regions will be hosting their own local square bashes during the month of June.

Region Details

1 - Essex

Description: Single day "square bash" - participants will divide up to complete coverage targets in priority squares.

Location: various

Date/time: June 8

How to register: Contact Paul Pratt (essex@birdsontario.org)

11 - Niagara

Description: Single day "square bash" - participants will divide up to complete coverage targets in priority squares in the region.

Location: Wellandport Community Park

Date/time: June 15

How to register: Contact Marcie Jacklin (mjacklin@brocku.ca)

17 - Northumberland

Description: Single day "square bash" - participants will meet then divide up to complete point counts, and general atlassing. Coverage can be completed by foot, car or kayak along the river and its wetlands.

Location: Hoards River Kayak launch east of Campbellford

Date/time: June 2, meet at 7 AM

How to register: Contact Andrea Kingsley (andreakingsley@gmail.com) or Marie Wannamaker (rick.marie.wannamaker@gmail.com)

22 - Leeds and Grenville

Description: Single day "square bash" - participants will divide up to complete coverage targets in priority squares.

Location: Register to be assigned a location

Date/time: June 1, morning

How to register: Contact Stew Hamill at leeds.grenville@birdsontario.org

33 - Manitoulin

Description: Multi-day "square bash" - participants will divide up to complete coverage targets in priority squares in the eastern portion of the island.

Location: various

Date/time: June 7-10

How to register:Contact Anna Sheppard or Will Kershaw (manitoulin@birdsontario.org)

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