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  • Robert Doster
    ***Breeding Bird Survey Volunteers Needed*** Volunteers are needed to conduct roadside Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in California during 2012. For those
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 6, 2012
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      ***Breeding Bird Survey Volunteers Needed***



      Volunteers are needed to conduct roadside Breeding Bird Survey
      (BBS) routes in California during 2012. For those not familiar with the survey
      methodology, the BBS is the national survey which is the primary source for
      breeding bird population trends in North America. This survey, which began in 1966, has over 4100
      randomly located roadside routes across the U.S. and Canada (and efforts are
      underway to expand into Mexico). Each route
      is 24.5 miles long with 50 stops spaced 0.5 miles apart. At each stop during a 3 minute period, the
      observer tallies all birds seen and heard within 1/4 mile. A route begins 30 minutes before local sunrise
      and continues until you finish which is normally around 10 a.m. The route needs to be run just once each year
      during the months of May or June; exact dates vary with each route. The effort would involve a pre-survey
      scouting trip just to familiarize yourself with the route and all of the stops and
      a little paper/computer work after the route is completed. On average, volunteers spend about 10 hours
      per route each year. The main
      requirement for volunteering is the observer needs to be able to identify most
      of the birds along the route by call/song and all by sight.



      California has 228 BBS routes and currently has 94 routes
      that are vacant. Maps showing the
      available routes can be found here: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/results/routemaps/index.html

      The static maps can give you an idea of the general
      direction of the route while the interactive maps will show you the start
      location and a bird species list for the route (just click on the route
      icon).



      If you are interested in volunteering for a survey route or
      two, please contact one of the California co-coordinators listed below (replace " AT " with @ in the e-mail addresses).
      Thank you!!



      Lyann Comrack

      California Department of Fish & Game

      Wildlife Branch - Nongame Wildlife Program

      1812 9th Street

      Sacramento, CA 95811

      916-341-6981 (Phone)

      lcomrack AT dfg.ca.gov



      Robert Doster (Northern California)

      Migratory Bird Biologist

      USFWS, Pacific Southwest Region (8)

      Div. of Migratory Birds

      752 County Road 99W

      Willows, CA 95988

      530-934-2801 (Phone)

      rob_doster AT fws.gov



      Brian Williams (Northern California)

      Williams Wildland Consulting, Inc.

      12845 Honcut Road

      Marysville, CA 95904

      530-742-4248 (Phone)

      BWcal AT sprynet.com


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      Rob DosterChico, CA





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