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Help Survey Mountain Plovers and Long-billed Curlews (and Eurasian
Dotterels??) in the Imperial Valley!
On the weekend of 2-3 February 2008 we will once again be surveying
appropriate habitat in the Imperial Valley for Mountain Plovers and
Long-billed Curlews. Previous surveys have confirmed that this is the
single most important wintering locality for Mountain Plovers; recent
alarming population declines add to the urgency of getting current
information on the winter status of this species in the Region.
Long-billed Curlews are also a species of conservation concern, and this
survey will follow the first systematic surveys of curlews in the
Imperial Valley that we conducted in January and September 2007. As for
Eurasian Dotterels and other goodies - well, we make no promises, but a
dotterel was found during Mountain Plover surveys in January 2001.
We need volunteers to cover survey areas on Saturday and Sunday. A
survey area will take about half a day to cover, so you can survey half
a day and bird at your leisure the other half or spend a whole day doing
two survey routes. If you're especially enthusiastic, you can get in
four survey routes over the weekend! We realize this is "Super Bowl"
weekend, but you can be home by late afternoon to watch the game after
doing a Survey Sunday morning!
This is entirely a volunteer effort. You will need to provide your own
transportation to the Imperial Valley and during the survey, as well as
your food and lodging. Interested persons should contact Kathy Molina:
or by phone at (213)-763-3368. We need to know in
advance how many parties will be counting and how many survey areas each
party can cover over the course of the weekend. Once you have arranged
to cover one or more sectors, you will receive the maps and datasheets
Surveyors need not have any special qualifications or previous
experience apart from the ability to identify the target species, to
count reasonably accurately, and to fill out simple survey forms
(including descriptions of fields/substrates where plovers and curlews
are found). A spotting scope is essential.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90007
(213) 746-2999 FAX
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