U.S. Nightjar Survey Network
- The Center for Conservation Biology constructed the Nightjar Survey
Network in 2007 to begin the process of collecting data on the
population distribution and population trends of Nightjars across
broad regions of the United States. The Network was initially
introduced into the southeast and is being expanded in 2008 to
provide coverage throughout the contiguous United States.
The Nightjar Survey Network relies on volunteer participation by
conservation-minded citizens, biologists, and other like-minded
groups to adopt and conduct survey routes. Nightjar Surveys are easy
to perform and will not take more than two hours to complete.
Volunteers conduct roadside counts at night, during specific time
windows when the moon is > 50 % illuminated, by driving and stopping
at 10 points along a predetermined 9-mile route. At each point, the
observer counts all Nightjars seen or heard by species during a 6-
minute period. No artificial broadcasts of the species' calls are
used. Please visit the United States Nightjar Survey Website for
more details including location of routes, instructions, and results;
Volunteer participation is important to provide information on
California nightjars and the broader region. Please consider
adopting a route.
I have also posted a 2-page flyer on the website that can be
downloaded and printed for distribution at bird-club meetings,
wildlife product retailers, and other places. Any assistance in
advertising this project is greatly appreciated.
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary