Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
Each spring over 2500 skilled individuals volunteer to participate in the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Since 1965, these volunteers have contributed to one of the most widely used bird monitoring datasets in North America. In 2009, the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership began a campaign to fill all vacant BBS routes in our region. Each year, the number of vacant routes has decreased, so let’s see if we can set a new record for number of covered routes during 2016, the Centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty!
Requirements for participation are listed below:
To that end, I ask all of you to consider adopting a vacant route near you, adding a route if you already run one, and getting the word out to your friends and neighbors. As of April 12, we have 70 vacant routes in our region! To see if there is a vacant route near you, check out this handy mapping tool on the BBS website: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm
Contact your state BBS coordinator to adopt a vacant route today:
Illinois: 16 Vacant Routes (contact Keith Pardieck; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 301-497-5843)
Indiana: 16 Vacant Routes (contact Amy Kearns; email: email@example.com phone: 812-849-4586)
Iowa: 4 Vacant Routes (contact Doug Harr; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 515-275-4818)
Michigan: 8 Vacant Routes (contact Katie Koch; email: email@example.com; phone: 906-226-1249)
Minnesota: 11 Vacant Routes (contact Bob Janssen; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 612-865-3802)
Missouri: 4 Vacant Routes (contact Janet Haslerig; email: email@example.com; phone: 573-522-4115 x3198)
Ohio: 8 Vacant Routes (contact Nathan Stricker; email: Nathan.Stricker@dnr.state.oh.us; phone: 740-747-2525 ext. 22)
Wisconsin: 3 Vacant Routes (contact Mark Korducki; email: Korducki@earthlink.net; phone: 262-784-2712)
Thank you for participating in this program and helping me get the word out. BBS season will be here before we know it!
Katie Koch, Coordinator