Date: 4/11/18 7:13 am
From: Sergio Harding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Breeding Bird Survey vacancies - volunteers wanted
Hello Virginia Birders,

It's that time of year again where we are recruiting skilled Virginia
birders to volunteer for the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
Already thinking about participating in the 2nd VA Breeding Bird Atlas
(VABBA2) and afraid of overcommitting? Not a problem. *Running a BBS
route takes only one morning*. In addition, BBS data are complementary to
VABBA2 data. While the VABBA2 generates important information on the
current distribution and breeding status of VA’s breeding birds, the BBS
generates information on their population trends (i.e. whether they are
declining, increasing or stable). These two data sets together will allow
for some powerful analyses – ex. looking at how bird species distributions
have changed between the 1st and 2nd Atlas in relation to population
changes as measured by the BBS.

There are 68 active BBS routes in VA of which 16 (nearly 25%) are in need
of observer. To view a map of currently vacant routes, go to and click on 'Vacant
Routes'. Click on the 'Info' button next to a route to view a list of
species recorded to date for that route.

Once you familiarize yourself with a BBS route, running that route entails
conducting a series of 3-minute bird counts at 50 stops over a distance of
25 roadside miles – this requires only one morning per year, typically in
June. *To qualify to run a route, it is important that you:* 1) can
identify the birds along a route by both sight and sound, 2) have sharp
eyesight and good hearing (especially important for the higher-pitched
species that might otherwise escape detection), 3) have access to reliable
transportation, and 4) are willing to commit to running a route for a
minimum of 2 consecutive years (but multiple years are highly encouraged).
If you meet these criteria, please consider inquiring about running a BBS

You can read up on BBS methodology and view results at Please contact me with any questions, and
especially if you are interested in running a route.

We need your help - thanks!


Sergio Harding *| *Nongame Bird Conservation Biologist *| *Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries *| *7870 Villa Park Dr, Suite 400,
Henrico, VA 23228 *|* 804-367-0143 *|* *|*
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