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 route. - 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 information. - 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.