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Breeding Bird Surveys

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  • Robert J. Keiffer
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2003
      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
      route, seeĀ…
      or http://www.mp2-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/retrieval/menu.cfm
      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.
      RTRoute Name
      210UKIAH MEN

      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

      "It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how the
      strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done
      better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena."
      Theodore Roosevelt
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