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 https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm 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 route.
You can read up on BBS methodology and view results at https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/. 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 *|* www.dgif.virginia.gov *|* www.vabci.org *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***