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  • Jason Beason
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 12, 2008
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      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
      appreciated.

      Mike Wilson

      Center for Conservation Biology

      College of William and Mary

      Williamsburg, VA
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