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Bird Projects for Youth: Leader's Guide (HTML)
Bird Projects for Youth: Leader's Guide (PDF)
Common Bird Names correct spelling (HTML)
Common Bird Names correct spelling (PDF)
LAKEWATCH Survey (HTML)
LAKEWATCH Survey (PDF)
Point Count Methods (HTML)
Point Count Methods (PDF)
Point Count Datasheet (HTML)
Point Count Datasheet (PDF)
Transect Methods (HTML)
Transect Methods (PDF)
Transect Datasheet (HTML)
Transect Datasheet (PDF)
Following are descriptions of three types of methods to survey
birds: point count surveys, transect surveys, and Florida
LAKEWATCH surveys. The idea behind each survey method is to assure
that each person surveys birds in exactly the same manner. This way, results
can be readily compared and are not biased in some way. For example, if
one person surveyed birds for 10 minutes and another person surveyed for
50 minutes, it would be unfair to compare the results of these two surveys.
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for a publication about incorporating this bird-monitoring program into
your classroom teaching!
A point count survey is a
survey performed standing in one spot. It is a simple method that provides
a uniform way of counting birds over time or across locations. Point counts
are usually used to survey backyards or small lots. However, they are
frequently used in large areas where it is difficult for a person to walk
A transect survey is a walking
survey where you walk a route and count birds on either side of the route.
A transect survey is not practical if it is difficult to walk through
an area or the area of interest is small. Transect surveys are frequently
used to survey birds in a neighborhood or in a large area where it is
easy to walk through (such as a park or golf course).
Florida LAKEWATCH surveys
are associated with the Project
LAKEWATCH program and typically are bird surveys done from a boat
that circles a lake.
If interested in surveying birds, you can print the survey
descriptions and blank data sheets (for recording birds) by selecting
from the menu at the top of this page. You can begin surveying birds right away. However, to enter survey data
through this web site you must obtain a User ID and Site code.
To obtain a User ID and Site code, please email Dr. Mark Hostetler.
Send him the following information:
1. whether you are connected with an Extension program,
a school, a private or public organization, or on your own.
2. your home address
3. the county in which your surveys will occur
4. your phone number
5. your e-mail address
6. whether you would like to do a point count or a transect
7. a brief description of the property or area that you plan to survey
Dr. Hostetler will send you a User ID and Site code via
email. If you would like to reach him by phone, call 352-846-0568.
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For help identifying
Florida birds, visit the following web sites:
Museum of Natural History Birds of the Southeastern U.S.
Bird Identification InfoCenter
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