Breeding Bird Surveys
- Mendobirders, There are two Breeding Bird Survey Routes in Mendocino
County that are in need of volunteers to run them. Several other routes
within the county are already run by others such as myself. The time
commitment is minimal and it is a good excuse to hone your sight and sound
birding skills. If you are interested please contact Keith Pardieck as
noted below. A BBS routes can be conducted by a single person, but it
really helps to have a second person along for recording the data, keeping
track of mileage and stop points, etc. If you have any questions
please do not hesitate to contact me. Bob Keiffer rjkeiffer@...
Dear Potential BBS Observers:
Most (130) of the 158 active Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in Northern
California (defined as routes starting north of the southern
Monterey/Kings/Tulare/Inyo County line, exclusive of Inyo County) are
covered, but there are still 28 vacant BBS routes that need observers.
Experienced birders/biologists with the ability to identify breeding birds
by sight and sound are needed to survey these routes (see
http://www.mp2-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/participate/ ). Your commitment should be
annual for at least a few years (as long as possible), but is otherwise
minimal. Your first year requires some training and a 2-day commitment.
After that, if done efficiently, one BBS route requires less than one day
per year including the survey, all data entry, and correspondence.
I would particularly urge local experts or experienced surveyors to
consider the following:
(1) adopt a route in your home county or adjacent county. For those living
within 1-2 hours of a route, you can conduct the survey and be home before
(2) adopt a route near a favorite or unknown birding area. A BBS route
combines well with an annual birding trip at the height of the breeding season.
Vacant routes are scattered throughout the state. Areas with greatest need
are the mountains of Humboldt County/western Siskiyou County and the San
Joaquin Valley and nearby foothills, but somewhat surprisingly there are
even several coastal routes available. Remember that once a route is
adopted, it may be unavailable for many years. Below, you can see a list of
currently vacant (31 March 2002) routes in Northern and Central California,
annotated by county.
For more information (e.g., annual species counts) about a particular
To examine detailed location maps and other historical data (e.g.,
historical survey date) prior to signing up, please contact Keith Pardieck
at the BBS lab in Maryland (keith_pardieck@...; 301-497-5843). Tell
Keith you may be interested in adopting a route and would like to examine
the route maps. Give him the route number(s) and your address and the BBS
lab will send them to you. If you are sure you are qualified and want to
adopt a route now, you may contact Keith or Brian Williams (see bottom) and
we can sign you up immediately.
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html
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