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Mountain Plover survey, Imperial Valley, 21-23 January

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  • Kimball Garrett
    MOUNTAIN PLOVER SURVEY IN THE IMPERIAL VALLEY, 21-23 JANUARY Hold the dates! Kathy Molina will be coordinating another survey for Mountain Plovers (and
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      MOUNTAIN PLOVER SURVEY IN THE IMPERIAL VALLEY, 21-23 JANUARY



      Hold the dates! Kathy Molina will be coordinating another survey for
      Mountain Plovers (and Long-billed Curlews) in the Imperial Valley from
      Friday 21 January through Sunday 23 January; this is part of a
      range-wide winter survey effort coordinated in our state by Audubon
      California. Kathy is coordinating the Imperial Valley effort through
      the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.



      Surveyors will cover pre-assigned areas of agricultural habitats within
      the Imperial Valley - these areas take between a half day and a full day
      to cover. Surveys are vehicle-based, using both paved and secondary
      (hard-packed dirt) roads; observers will need spotting scopes to scan
      habitat suitable for plovers and curlews and to count flocks. You'll be
      asked to record some simple data (in addition to the number and exact
      location of birds) about the habitat and the birds' activities.



      If you're interested in taking part on one or more days of the survey
      period, send a quick message to Kathy Molina at kmolina@... We'll
      be in touch with all interested surveyors and will have area
      assignments, maps, data forms, and other paperwork ready to send out
      shortly after the Christmas Count season is over in the first week of
      January.



      Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from out intrepid past surveyors
      and any and all newcomers.



      Kimball



      Kimball L. Garrett

      Ornithology Collections Manager

      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

      900 Exposition Blvd.

      Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

      213-763-3368

      kgarrett@...





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