Curious to know how our Oregon2020 County Explorer project is progressing? The map below depicts statewide coverage of Oregon2020 Hotspot Squares based on public eBird data up to April, 2016. Each orange dot is an Oregon2020 Hotspot containing at least 5 minutes of bird survey data. The larger the orange dot, the more minutes have been spent birding inside that square. The color of each county indicates what percentage of its Hotspots have been visited. The darker the county, the more Hotspots contain bird data. (Data as of April, 2016. Downloaded from publicly available eBird.org database, which is periodically updated. Current statewide coverage is likely greater than that displayed above)
As you can see, some areas and Hotspots in Oregon – such as Benton, Polk, and Multnomah counties – are surveyed quite thoroughly. Nearly 100% of individual Oregon2020 Hotspots in these counties have over an hour of bird survey data. Other counties, particularly those in white, have less than 25% of Hotspot Squares visited. We will focus our efforts on these counties in the upcoming Birding Blitz seasons. In all counties, Hotspot squares with small dots require extra effort to survey thoroughly.
We need your help! Find an under-surveyed Hotspot Square in your area, and count birds within it. If you live in or visit one of the light-colored counties on this map, consider participating in our County Explorer project and Hotspot Challenge (more information here). Join us for Birding Blitzes, or just bird in Hotspots on your own time. Every checklist you submit to eBird from within a Hotspot Square helps us fill this map!
Hotspot Species by County
Below is a table with the number of bird species counted within Oregon2020 Hotspot Squares for each county. More thoroughly surveyed counties (those where a majority of Hotspots were surveyed for at least an hour), are likely to have higher species richness – but species counts also vary by county size, habitat variety, etc.
Want to know where you rank among other birders in the Oregon2020 Hotspot Challenge? Click here for statewide and county Hotspot Challenge Standings!