[Mich-listers] Volunteers needed for Michigan Nightjar Survey
Monfils, Michael (DNRE)
MONFILSM at michigan.gov
Tue Apr 19 11:20:49 EDT 2011
The Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative (MiBCI) is recruiting volunteers for a statewide nightjar survey that will take place this spring and summer. We currently lack reliable data on nocturnal bird species, such as Whip-poor-will and Common Nighthawk, needed to inform conservation decisions. The MiBCI and several member organizations began implementing this annual survey in 2010 to further our understanding of nightjar distributions and relative abundance, which will help conservationists make sound management decisions. This survey will augment ongoing efforts by other states and the U.S. Nightjar Survey Network to support regional and national evaluations of the status of nightjars. We need the help of dedicated volunteers to make this program a success.
For more information on the program, including an instruction booklet, please visit the Michigan Nightjar Survey website: http://www.mibci.org/index.php?id=234. We are using a road-based survey protocol consistent with ongoing programs across the U.S. Volunteers will conduct nightjar surveys along existing Breeding Bird Survey routes in Michigan. We ask volunteers to survey an assigned route during one or two (preferred) evenings per year. Because surveys need to take place when the moon is at least half illuminated and above the horizon, survey dates vary annually but usually occur between about late May and early July. A route consists of 10 stops spaced approximately one mile apart along a road. Surveyors count nightjars for six minutes at each stop, so a total route will take about two hours to complete. We will provide surveyors maps and supporting materials to allow them to easily locate their survey routes.
Please contact David Cuthrell (Cuthrell at msu.edu) if you are interested in helping or if you have questions. The MiBCI is now coordinating surveys conducted in Michigan for the U.S. Nightjar Survey Network, so please contact David Cuthrell if you previously volunteered for that program and plan to continue surveys. You can visit the Michigan Nightjar Survey webpage (http://www.mibci.org/index.php?id=234) to see where the routes are located. We assign routes on a first come first serve basis, and below is a list of the available routes. There are over 50 routes still available, so please consider participating with this valuable survey.
BIG BLUE LAKE
If you want to learn more about MiBCI’s volunteer-based bird survey programs, you can download last year’s report at the following link: http://www.mibci.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ResearchMonitoring/MiBCI_bird_surveys_year1.pdf
Michael J. Monfils, Ph.D.
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
Michigan State University Extension
P.O. Box 30444
Lansing, MI 48909-7944
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