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Volunteer to survey Whip-poor-wills this spring

Whip poor will are listed as Threatened in Ontario

This spring, by the light of the full moon, volunteers will be taking to the backroads of Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara, and Carden to survey for Whip-poor-will and Common nighthawk. 

Now Recruiting Volunteers

The survey work is done by car just after dark, and takes about two hours per trip.  The amount you take on is up to you. 

The Eastern whip-poor-will  is listed as “Threatened” and Common nighthawk are listed as “Special Concern” in Ontario.  The are usually found in areas that are a mix of open and forested. 

Although they were once widespread throughout the central Great Lakes region of Ontario, their distribution is now fragmented.  The main threat to these species is likely habitat loss and degradation. 

 

Starting in the spring of 2018, we will be assigning volunteers an area to survey Whip-poor-will and Nighthawk (by car). 

2018 Survey Window:

Early Window (good, early breeding season):  Full Moon is May 29th.  Surveys can be done during the week before or after the full moon.

Mid-season Window (good, mid-breeding season):  Full Moon is May 28th.  Surveys can be done during the week before or after the full moon. 

-We will submit all data to the Natural Heritage Information Centre and Bird Studies Canada-

If interested, contact Dorthea Hangaard, Citizen Science Project Manager:  dorthea@couchconservancy.ca  (705) 326-1620. 


Thanks to Bird Studies Canada for the Information on Whip-poor-will and Nighthawks, and their survey protocols. 

 

 

 

 

This project is funded by Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program.