3883So Fk Kern Spring Rapid Assessment Moved to Sat, 5/10/14
- Apr 22, 2014The South Fork Kern River Spring Rapid Assessment Bird Count has been
changed to Sa, May 10 due to scheduling conflicts with SSRS avian survey
work on Tejon Ranch on Th-Fr, May 8-9. Also, there are birders who
contacted me and told me they could participate on the 10th. I expect
more to indicate their intention to participate once they receive notice
of the new day/date on the weekend instead of during the work week.
The Saturday morning rapid assessment will consist of continental
breakfast, the dawn to 11:30am or so count, picnic lunch and preliminary
species count and highlights, and the afternoon for follow-up birding or
heading home or the next birding destination.
Any birder who wishes to participate will be most welcome and are
encouraged to do so. The count should be quite an event with spring
migrants encountered throughout the South Fork Kern River Valley
riparian forest and margins. Needless to say, I am very excited to see a
one spring morning long snapshot secured of bird presence/absence and
numbers of individuals tallied. I think the results will be impressive
as the South Fork Kern River Fremont cottonwood and red willow riparian
forest has shown consistent indications that it is a major migratory
stopover location for spring migrant songbirds.
For those who wish to census for owls (Barn, Western Screech, Great
Horned, Long-eared known to nest in the forest) beyond those found
during daylight, owling anytime during the 2am-dawn period is
encouraged. Let me know so coordination can take place.
Regardless, Happy & Productive 2014 Spring Birding Wherever You Go!
Bob Barnes, Coordinator