Date: 4/25/19 2:21 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] (not an observation) Federal Breeding Bird Survey: 6 Iowa routes available
Iowa currently has six federal Breeding Bird Survey routes vacant and needs
volunteers to conduct an annual survey. Vacant route names (and general
locations) are as follows:

- Williamsburg (just south of I-80 and the Amanas)
- Neola (near I-80, about 20 mi. NE of Council Bluffs)
- Hudson (about 2 mi. SW of Waterloo)
- Dinsdale (about 10 mi. SW of Waterloo and the nearby Hudson route)
- Washta (about 15 mi. SW of Cherokee)
- Burchinal (about 6 mi. south of Clear Lake-Mason City)

If any knowledgeable Iowa birders are interested, please reply ASAP to this
email message for more information on how to apply. Here are some
requirements to know before volunteering:

- Volunteers must be familiar with identifying *most* avian species
typically found in Iowa, especially those in the area of a selected survey
- Volunteers should plan to conduct the survey for *at least* 3 years,
because data collected cannot become part of long-term population studies
unless multiple-year surveys are conducted by the same person, assuring
accurateness of data collected.
- Before doing a survey route, first-time volunteers must complete a
short on-line training session, regarding survey methods and other
- A volunteer may have someone act as an assistant to drive or enter
data on field survey forms; however, the helper may *NOT* assist in
identifying a bird by sight or sound.
- Surveys are conducted during peak breeding season, from late May to
early July.
- Surveys start 1/2 hour before sunrise, on a day with low wind speed
and no precipitation.
- Each route is 25 miles long, with one stop every 1/2 mile, for a total
of 50 count points.
- Route maps depicting & describing count-stop points will be provided
by the BBS office.
- During a 3-minute time period at each stop, all birds seen or heard
within 1/4 mile are recorded on field data sheets. A typical survey takes 4
to 4.5 hours to complete.
- After survey completion, data may be entered online and/or by mailing
in field data sheets.

It would be an honor for all of Iowa's routes to have volunteers and we
likely would be recognized by the BBS office, at Pautuxent Wildlife
Research Center in Maryland. Let's hope we can get closer to achieving
that goal this year.

Doug Harr
Iowa BBS Coordinator

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