Date: 3/17/17 10:43 am From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Annual Call for Breeding Bird Survey Volunteers
This is my annual call (plea) for willing volunteers to take up one or more of the available Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in NC. There are currently 11 routes available, with four in the Mountains, three in the Inner Coastal Plain, one in the Outer Coastal Plain, one near the Sandhills, and two in the Piedmont. Go to the BBS website to see exactly where these routes are, AND to learn more about the BBS if you don't know much about it! The site address is www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/
Briefly each BBS route consists of 50 three-minute stops at .5 mile intervals along a 24.5 mile route. Each route, conducted once a year during a late May to late June window, starts at 30 minutes before sunrise and can usually be finished in around 4 hours. The main requirement that must be met is that the Observer must be very confident in recognizing all the sounds of the breeding species normally found along the Route. Generally 70-80% of the birds detected during the survey will by ear. Also it is customary for new Observers to commit to a Route for 3 years or longer. I will be running my first route for the 40th time this season! The longer an Observer runs the same route, the more confidence one has in analysis of changes during the years.
So if you are interested in taking on a Route, or you long-timers adding another route, please let me know. I can answer any questions you might have and /or get you set up for starting this year.