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U.S. Nightjar Survey Network

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  • mke.wilson
    The Center for Conservation Biology constructed the Nightjar Survey Network in 2007 to begin the process of collecting data on the population distribution and
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 10, 2008
      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;
      www.ccb-wm.org/nightjars.htm

      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.

      Mike Wilson
      Center for Conservation Biology
      College of William and Mary
      Williamsburg, VA
      e-mail: mdwils@...
      http://www.ccb-wm.org
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