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Subject:[mou-net] Surveyors for whip-poor-will, common poorwill, chuck-will's-widow, and nighthawks
From:Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 2 Apr 2009 10:00:39 -0600

Is it the decline of juicy insects? Is it the loss of nesting habitat?
 Is it the spread of fire-ants in some locations?

 For whatever the reason, nightjars - or goatsuckers - seem to be in a steep decline in North America.

Please consider adopting a Nightjar Survey Route in your area. 
 The continuing success of U.S. Nightjar Survey Network relies entirely on volunteer participation.

Spread the word,

Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer
MNDNR-Nongame Wildlife Program

U.S Nightjar Survey Network
>>> Mike Wilson <mdwils@WM.EDU> 3/26/2009 12:56 PM >>>
The U.S. Nightjar Survey Network is continuing into its third year as a 
vital program to gather data on the population distribution and population 
trends on this group of declining species.  We would like to invite all 
birders and conservationists to participate in the program by adopting 
Nightjar Survey Routes in 2009 and beyond.

Nightjars are the group of nocturnal, insectivorous birds that includes 
species  such as the whip-poor-will, common poorwill, chuck-will's-widow, and 
the nighthawks among others.  The U.S. Nightjar Survey Network was 
introduced in the southeast in 2007 and then expanded in 2008 to gain full 
coverage across the conterminous United States.  We are grateful to the 
number of participants already involved in the program.  The beginning years 
of data collection has already helped in explaining how the composition of 
habitats in local landcapes influences nightjar abundance.  In turn, these 
data will one day help to explain population declines.  However, there is 
still need for more routes to be surveyed, greater geographic and species 
coverage, and longer-term count data.

Nightjar Surveys are standardized counts conducted along census routes at 
night.  Observers count all Nightjars seen or heard for a six-minute period 
at each of 10 stops along the route.  The entire survey will not take much 
more than one hour to complete and only needs conducted one time per year. 
We have produced a series of routes in each state with many that are still 
in need of adoption by survey participants.

Please consider adopting a Nightjar Survey Route in your area.  The 
continuing success of Nightjar Survey Network relies entirely on volunteer 

Visit for details on route locations, 
methods of survey, and more.

Mike Wilson
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William & Mary / Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
phone: 757-221-1649
fax: 757-221-1650 

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