nightjar survey opportunity
- There is a new nationwide project beginning to survey nightjars. Here is the information that was posted on CoBirds yesterday:
U.S. Nightjar Survey Network
The Center for Conservation Biology constructed the Nightjar Survey
Network in 2007 to begin the process of collecting data on the population
distribution and population trends of Nightjars across broad regions of the United
States. The Network was initially introduced into the southeast and is being
expanded in 2008 to provide coverage throughout the contiguous United States.
The Nightjar Survey Network relies on volunteer participation by
conservation-minded citizens, biologists, and other like-minded groups
to adopt and conduct survey routes. Nightjar Surveys are easy to perform and
will not take more than two hours to complete. Volunteers conduct roadside
counts at night, during specific time windows when the moon is > 50 %
illuminated, by driving and stopping at 10 points along a predetermined 9-mile route.
At each point, the observer counts all Nightjars seen or heard by species
during a 6-minute period. No artificial broadcasts of the species' calls are
used. Please visit the United States Nightjar Survey Website for more details
including location of routes, instructions, and results; www.ccb-wm.org/nightjars.htm
Volunteer participation is important to provide information on Colorado
nightjars and the broader region. Please consider adopting a route.
I have also posted a 2-page flyer on the website that can be downloaded
and printed for distribution at bird-club meetings, wildlife product retailers, and other places. Any assistance in advertising this project is greatly
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary