Magpie Count, June 5-8
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Yellow-billed Magpie Count! Help us Count Magpies between June 5-8th!!
What is it?
Audubon California (http://ca.audubon.org/) and its partners have initiated a new project to study bird species of conservation concern in California. In this pilot event, we are asking birders from around the state to contribute their observations of Yellow-billed Magpies during a four-day period. Using eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ca) as a data entry tool, we are asking birders to submit their data online to help augment current knowledge about California populations of these birds.
Why is it important?
Scientists have been studying birds in California for many years, but are just now beginning to recognize and harness the observational power of the birding community. Targeted research projects have limited capacity to survey large areas, and only through collaboration with a community of engaged citizen-scientists can we begin to understand bird populations at the state level. Your observations will be combined with rigorous scientific data to help paint a clearer picture of the status, distribution, and conservation needs of California birds, in this case the Yellow-billed Magpie.
When and where does it take place?
The first survey will take place from 5-8 June across the entire Yellow-billed Magpie breeding range in California. You can survey anytime during this window. Yellow-billed Magpies are oak-savannah specialists, occurring in large numbers across the Central Valley and in appropriate habitat just inland along the Central California coast.
How can I participate?
Birders are asked to survey a route of their choosing for Yellow-billed Magpies. You can look for magpies in areas where you know you’ve found them before, or you can pick new uncharted territory for magpies that looks promising and try to find them there. The basic idea is that we want you to record where you found magpies, but also let us know where you looked and couldn’t find them. Additionally, eBird makes it easy to submit a complete checklist of birds from each of these locations, which gives scientists access to important baseline data on ALL bird species, including the next generation of species of conservation concern.
Stay tuned to Audubon California’s website (http://ca.audubon.org/) for survey details!