The result of over 10,000 hours of field surveying by more than 300 “citizen
science” volunteers, Sound to Sage presents maps
and accounts of the nesting occurrence of 213 species of birds in a four-county,
5,000-square-mile swath of Washington extending from the shores of Puget Sound across
the Cascade Range to the sagebrush lands adjoining the Columbia River.
Browse distribution maps and interpretive accounts arranged in taxonomic order by
Pick an atlas block on a county map or table to display the breeding bird status
and observer hours for the block.
Download county-wide atlas datasets.
About Sound to Sage
the story of the breeding bird atlas from its inception as a statewide project in
1987 to publication of the four-county continuation in 2006.
Geography and Mapping Grid
Discusses the landforms and climate of the four-county area and explains the grid
of nine-square-mile “atlas blocks” used for field surveying.
What is a breeding bird atlas? How was breeding evidence obtained and evaluated?
Where and in what form are the field data accessible?
Measures of Effort
Describes the deployment of field observers in each of the four counties, and procedures
implemented to ensure a uniform minimum level of coverage.
Recognizes those who created the atlas, from field observation to data analysis
to presentation of the results in Sound to Sage.
Gives full references for publications cited in abbreviated form in
Sound to Sage.