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Bird monitoring program

Planning and conservation    Natural areas, parks and trails    Restoring the landscape    Wildlife monitoring    Bird monitoring program

Bird monitors use point-count surveys and waterfowl surveys to gauge restoration efforts at Metro natural areas.

Photograph of a bittern

Under Metro’s guidance, volunteers conduct standardized surveys to track bird populations at many Metro natural areas. The core of the avian monitoring program involves habitat-based point count surveys from mid-May through the end of June to track breeding bird populations and floodplain wetland surveys from November through April tracking ducks and other water birds.

Volunteers should be proficient in identifying birds by sight and by sound. Volunteers assisting with the habitat-based point count surveys conduct three surveys during the 6-week survey period. Winter water bird volunteers conduct weekly surveys while target wetlands are flooded.

In 2006, 24 volunteers monitoring 10 natural areas contributed more than 220 hours to the program. To see the results of the monitoring, read Metro's annual bird monitoring reports.

Photo of a red-winged blackbird

Program information

Download datasheets, monitoring protocols and other information about the bird monitoring program below.Go

2006 Breeding bird monitoring report

This report provides a brief overview of Metro's bird monitoring program and presents a summary of the data collected through the 2006 season. Most of the data presented in the report were collected by volunteers working under Metro's direction.

Breeding bird monitoring protocol

Learn about the sampling methods used to monitor breeding bird abundance and distribution at targeted restoration sites.

Photograph of a killdeer nest

Breeding bird monitoring datasheet

See a sample of the datasheet used for breeding bird surveys.

Winter waterfowl monitoring protocol

Learn about the sampling methods used to monitor waterfowl species abundance and distribution at targeted restoration sites.

Winter waterfowl monitoring datasheet

See a sample of the datasheet used for waterfowl surveys.

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