[Tweeters] Fw: U.S. Nightjar Survey needs participants

Mike Wilson mdwils at wm.edu
Thu Mar 26 08:48:48 PDT 2009


I apologize. I added the wrong link.

Correct link: http://www.ccb-wm.org/nightjars.htm
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From: "Mike Wilson" <mdwils at wm.edu>
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Subject: U.S. Nightjar Survey needs participants



> The U.S. Nightjar Survey Network is continuing into its third year as a

> vital program to gather data on the population distribution and population

> trends on this group of declining species. We would like to invite all

> birders and conservationists to participate in the program by adopting

> Nightjar Survey Routes in 2009 and beyond.

>

> Nightjars are the group of nocturnal, insectivorous birds that includes

> species such as the whip-poor-will, common poorwill, chuck-will's-widow,

> and the nighthawks among others. The U.S. Nightjar Survey Network was

> introduced in the southeast in 2007 and then expanded in 2008 to gain full

> coverage across the conterminous United States. We are grateful to the

> number of participants already involved in the program. The beginning

> years of data collection has already helped in explaining how the

> composition of habitats in local landcapes influences nightjar abundance.

> In turn, these data will one day help to explain population declines.

> However, there is still need for more routes to be surveyed, greater

> geographic and species coverage, and longer-term count data.

>

> Nightjar Surveys are standardized counts conducted along census routes at

> night. Observers count all Nightjars seen or heard for a six-minute

> period at each of 10 stops along the route. The entire survey will not

> take much more than one hour to complete and only needs conducted one time

> per year. We have produced a series of routes in each state with many that

> are still in need of adoption by survey participants.

>

> Please consider adopting a Nightjar Survey Route in your area. The

> continuing success of Nightjar Survey Network relies entirely on volunteer

> participation.

>

> Visit http://www.ccb-wm.org/nightjars.htm for more details on route

> locations, methods of survey, and more.

>

> Mike Wilson

> Center for Conservation Biology

> College of William & Mary / Virginia Commonwealth University

> PO Box 8795

> Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

> phone: 757-221-1649

> fax: 757-221-1650

> email:mdwils at wm.edu

> www.ccb-wm.org

>




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