Bird monitors use point-count surveys and waterfowl surveys to gauge restoration efforts at Metro natural areas.
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.
Download datasheets, monitoring protocols and other information about the bird monitoring program below.Go
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.
Learn about the sampling methods used to monitor breeding bird abundance and distribution at targeted restoration sites.
See a sample of the datasheet used for breeding bird surveys.
Learn about the sampling methods used to monitor waterfowl species abundance and distribution at targeted restoration sites.
See a sample of the datasheet used for waterfowl surveys.
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