Mountain Plover survey, Imperial Valley, 21-23 January
- 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
Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from out intrepid past surveyors
and any and all newcomers.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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