Join our Campaign - No Vacant Midwest BBS Routes in 2010!

As many or all of you know, the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), coordinated jointly by the US Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service, is one of the longest-running and more widely referenced bird monitoring programs in existence. The BBS is used to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional BBS coordinators and data managers work closely with researchers and statisticians to compile and deliver these population data and population trend analyses on more than 400 bird species, for use by conservation managers, scientists, and the general public.

However, there are several dozen BBS routes in eight Midwest states that are currently listed as vacant for the 2010 season! Therefore, I have made it my goal to try and help fill all of these routes to showcase the growing capacity of the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership! While I would love to travel all over the Midwest this field season to survey birds, my travel budget and work plan don't allow it, so I'm calling on all you to help by filling these routes yourselves or finding interested volunteers to help out.

To assist USGS and state BBS coordinators, I have listed all of the vacant routes below, by state, so you can begin to help filling in the gaps. If you or someone you know would like to sign up, please notify me, and I will route you to the proper contact to get you all set up. It's a great way to spend a morning, especially if you are mostly tied to your computer (as I am), and you walk away with the satisfaction of contributing to a very important data set used for many bird conservation decisions.

Here is the list of vacant routes (and route numbers) by state:

Illinois: Itasca (006), Buda (011), Dailey (033), Athensville (037), Pawnee (040), Humboldt (047), Troy Grove (068), Union (303), Marshall (315)

Indiana: Columbia City (007), Swayzee (018), Friendswood (024), Jamestown (025), Azalia (027), Washington (032), Celestine (036), Vevay (040), Crown Point (301), Laporte (302), Montpelier (307), New Castle (311), Witts Station (312), Maplewood (410)

Iowa: Prairieburg (019), Dinsdale (021), Kanawha (022), Davis Corner (030), Rock Valley (034)

Michigan: Cunard (013), Riggsville (042), Red Oak (047), St Charles (049), No Bradley (050), Maple Rapids (052), Beaver Lake (060), Owendale (064), Tyre (071), Herron (162), Rochester (166), Hartland (168)

Minnesota: Chandler (005), Dawson (014), Wigwam Bay (023), Backus (025), Pine River (026), Island Lake (036), Lake Bronson (052), Le Roy (054), Fairmont (056), Ashby (070), Babbitt (073), Cass Lake (139), Nebish (140), Nett Lake (179)

Missouri: Way to go - these have now been filled!

Ohio: Herner Crns (022), Botkins (024), Kalida (025), Kenton (030), No Kenton (032), Wilgus (188)

Wisconsin: Making progress - filled as well!

Please contact me today and help make this campaign a success. To learn more about the North American BBS, check out their website:




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Comment by Katie Koch on February 11, 2010 at 10:39am
As of today, Wisconsin routes are all filled as well! We have filled 15 routes since this campaign started a little over a month ago, but we still have 62 more to go. Please help get the word out for our other six states with vacant routes!
Comment by Katie Koch on January 11, 2010 at 2:27pm
Missouri now has all of its routes filled! Congratulations! Illinois and Michigan are getting close, and Minnesota is not far behind. I'm surprised Wisconsin still has just that one vacant route hanging out there...We still need to get the message out in Iowa, Ohio, and Indiana! Thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help us close in on our goal!

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