Date: 3/22/21 4:20 pm From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Subject: [cobirds] Breeding Bird Survey routes available
We invitequalified observers to participate in the Breeding Bird Survey “BBS.”Participants must have the skills to identify the likely species on theirroutes by sight and by sound. Since 1966 (1968 in Colorado and theWest) the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (originally US Fish & WildlifeService, now the Biological Research Division of the US Geological Survey) hassponsored the Breeding Bird Survey program to monitor birds across the US (andCanada, with the Canadian Wildlife Service). In 2019 volunteers ran almost 3000routes in the US & Canada.Scientists use BBS results to derive population trends forthe species that the system samples well. Coloradohas 132 designated BBS routes, and we consistently run more routes than allother states in the U.S. except Texas and California. A BBS routecovers 24.5 miles. Observers record all the birds they hear and see during a3-minute stop, then drive a half-mile to the next stop. You run the route, onceonly, during the peak of the songbird singing season, from May 25 on the plainsto July 15 in the high country. The ability to identify species by sound iscrucial--I record 75-85% of the birds on my routes by sound, not sight. Theobserver should have the ability to identify, by sound and sight, most of the species likely to occur along thatroute. On my routes, I identify over 75% of the birds by sound, without everseeing them. We seek a commitment ofthree years, because the BBS prefers route data run by the same person forat least 3 years. Email meif you would like one or more. The following list is organized geographically(sort of). I hope that we can fill most of them with qualified observers whohave good ears. Thefollowing lists the available routes; I can send more detailed descriptions toyou if you’d like to consider one but want more information. I know it’s old–fashioned,but I use the DeLorme (printed on paper) Atlas to locate routes. Key to routedescriptions:Number and name County Page in DeLorme Atlas
Iespecially enjoyed the first few pre-dawn stops along the wetlands area ofPoncha Creek; the dawn Chorus there was often a tad overwhelming. Anexperience I will never forget.” – Tina Mitchell ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS East Central & North 17207 Amherst Sedgwick & Phillips p 102
Starts 2 miles south of north stateline and 1 mile west of east state line, 12 miles east of Julesburg, at intersectionof CRs 39 & 61. South on CR 61 to end. Southeast 17028 Two Buttes Prowers &Baca p 103 Startat intersection of CR 26 & CR D; east on CR D 9 miles; S on Colo 89 to end. 17044 Bethune Kit Carson p103Start 6 miles north of Bethune; south 21miles on CR 40; east one mile on CR D, then south on CR 41 to end. 17220 Haswell Bent,Kiowa p 99 Start6 miles N of Las Animas; N 7 miles on CR 10; swing around SE edge of Adobe CrRes. SWA, then N 4 miles on Road 17; E on Road E 2 miles; N 5 miles on Road 19,E 1 mile on Road K, then N on Road 20 to end. 17320 Karval Lincoln p 98-99 Starts25 miles SE of Punkin Center at intersection of CRds 39 and U. West on CR U 7miles; south on CR 32 one mile; then west on CR T to end. 17321 Sheridan Lake Prowers, Kiowa p 103 Starton Prowers Co. Rd 30 at Rd VV; north on VV to Kiowa CR W; then east on W toend.
17376 Ludlow Las Animas p 93
Starts at Ludlow; west on CR 447 miles;right CR 51.1 1.5 miles; south on CR 47.7, 51, and 51.7 to end near Cokedale. Northwest 17032 Wilson Creek Rio Blanco, Moffat p 24Start 10 miles north of Meeker at intersection of CR 7 & 9; Nly onCR 9 to CR 17; north on CR 17 to end.
17351 Angora Rio Blanco p22-23Start 8 miles NE of Rangely; Start on CR61 or 65 at Holandrus Res.; south on 61/65 to Colo 64 east on Colo 64 twomiles; south and east on CR 122 to end. 17352 Yellowjacket Pass Rio Blanco, Moffat p 24Start 2 miles east of Meeker; east andnorth on CR 15/CR 45 to end.
17209 Flat Tops Garfield P 35 Start 5 miles NW of New Castle; go northerlyon Forest Roads 245 and 244 to end. 17308 Baxter Pass Garfield pp 42, 32Starts 15 miles NW of Highline Lake; N on CR 201 over Baxter Pass toend
17045 Uncompahgre Mesa p54Start 20 miles SW of Whitewater atintersection of Forest Roads 402 and 403. South on FR 403 (Divide Road) to end. Hugh Kingery