Volunteers Needed for Oregon Breeding Bird Survey 2021

By Paul Adamus April 15, 2021

If you are experienced identifying birds by sound as well as by sight, the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) can really use your help! It involves one morning of your choosing between late May and early July and a willingness to spend the previous night, if necessary, at a location that may be a several-hour drive from your home. Once you arrive at the starting point just before sunrise, you begin driving a 25-mile prescribed route on mostly rural roads, stopping every half mile to listen, count, and write down the species you hear or see during a 3-minute period. You don’t need to look for nests or other evidence of breeding, and detailed instructions and maps are provided. You should have normal hearing, and it expedites things if you’re accompanied by a partner (even a non-birder) who can write down species and numbers as you call them out.

The BBS is the premier source of trends data for most bird species. For 50+ years those data, collected by volunteers, have been crucial for bird conservation.

The locations of routes that still need coverage in Oregon (or any other state) can be found here: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm. In Oregon, the number of routes without a volunteer is about twice that of routes in Washington and Idaho. To notify of your choice(s) of Oregon routes please contact the Oregon BBS coordinator, Dr. Paul Adamus (adamus7@comcast.net) before April 30, 2021.

There are also vacant routes in Washington and Idaho. The following site shows a list of state coordinators and their contact information if you’re interested in participating: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/contactus/uscontacts.cfm.