Midwest Nocturnal Bird Monitoring Working Group


Midwest Nocturnal Bird Monitoring Working Group

This group is dedicated to the coordination of owl and nightjar monitoring throughout the Midwest and in concert with our neighbors so we can make informed conservation decisions for these birds.

Members: 24
Latest Activity: Jan 23, 2015

About Our Working Group

BRAND NEW!!! Report from the 2012 Workshop (click to download)!  At our last gathering, we reviewed preliminary findings from the protocol analysis and used the Northeast Bird Monitoring Handbook to help us develop goals and objectives for regional monitoring in the next few years.

For a recent synopsis of the need for and genesis of coordinated nocturnal bird monitoring programs in the Midwest, download and read this document:

Midwest Nocturnal Bird Monitoring Program Synopsis (6/28/2010) (PDF)

You can learn more about active nocturnal bird monitoring programs or volunteer TODAY by visiting the following websites:


Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars in Illinois (MOON)

Western Great Lakes Owl Monitoring (WI)

Western Great Lakes Owl Monitoring (MN)

Michigan Owl Survey


Wisconsin Nightjar Survey

Project Nighthawk (WI)

Michigan Nightjar Survey

US Nightjar Survey Network

“Safety comes to the whippoorwill in dim light, half shadows, and the faint, confusing obscurity of dusk, and among these, on the borderland of invisibility, the whippoorwill lives all its days.” - Arthur Cleveland Bent, 1940

Discussion Forum

Articles of Interest

Use this space to post or comment on articles of interest to nocturnal bird conservation and monitoring:Continue

Started by Katie Koch Dec 27, 2012.

Notes From Working Group Conference Calls or Meetings

Did you miss a conference call or want to catch up on the group's discussions?  Feel free to read notes (by year) and contact the group with questions or comments.2015…Continue

Started by Katie Koch Dec 27, 2012.

Developing a central data repository for Midwest owl and nightjar monitoring 2 Replies

Greetings! As we develop a Midwest Avian Data Center (a new regional node to the Avian Knowledge Network), we have the unique opportunity of addressing our need for a centralized data repository for…Continue

Started by Katie Koch. Last reply by Ethan Duke Nov 1, 2011.


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