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Bird Monitoring Home

The Florida Bird Monitoring Program was developed by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation's Wildlife Extension office. The objective of the Florida Bird Monitoring Program is to maintain a Web site where people can enter and view collected bird survey data. Homeowners and participants from various natural resource, Cooperative Extension, and state education programs are encouraged to participate.

Which types of birds are visiting a yard or neighborhood? Through this Web site, people can track which birds occur in their yards and communities over time. For property owners that are landscaping for wildlife, which landscaping strategies and management techniques worked best in attracting certain bird species? For example, the University of Florida's Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods programs teach people ways to improve the ecological design and maintenance of their yards. How have these techniques affected birds? By participating in this program, one can monitor the quantity and types of birds that visit an area from month to month and year to year.

Most importantly, people can compare survey results. Where and what types of birds are occurring in different areas? Are certain birds favoring one property over another? Why is this so? By comparing surveys, people can discuss ideas, pose questions, and develop suggestions about how to improve their neighborhoods for birds. Such data comparisons eventually lead to the development of alternative strategies, and solutions.

Surveys can be conducted anywhere. Small lots and yards, neighborhoods, city parks and reserves, agricultural land and large properties, lakes and ponds, and schoolyards are all potential areas to survey birds.

Database Statistics
Number of birds counted: 130,620
Different species of birds: 267
Number of sites: 208

Participating

Bird Surveyor Do you enjoy watching birds? You can survey birds in your neighborhood or in your yard and then enter your results on this web site. Your survey data will help you monitor which birds visit your yard or neighborhood. The surveys are meant to be easy and quick. Click on the photo to learn more about how to set up a survey.

Viewing Results

Cardinal Click on the cardinal to the left to view survey results throughout the state of Florida. You can view results of stationary point count surveys (usually these surveys are located in individual yards but can be on large properties such as parks) or view results of walked transect surveys (usually these surveys are located in neighborhoods or sometimes on large properties).

Entering Data

Enter Data If you have already obtained a User ID and a Site code (specific to where you conduct the survey), you can click on the typing parrot to enter survey data. To obtain a User ID and Site code, please e-mail Dr. Mark Hostetler or call him at 352-846-0568. Please indicate if you are connected with an Extension program, a school, a private or public organization, or on your own. Also, please include your home address, county, phone number, e-mail address, the type of survey you would like to do (point count or transect), and description of the property or area that you would like to survey.

Help Researchers Monitor Wild Bird Mortality

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health has established a a wild bird mortality database. Your help is needed to help researchers monitor and determine the cause of bird die-offs in Florida and to aid in monitoring for West Nile Virus (WNV).

Please visit the FWC Bird Mortality Data web page for more information or to assist.