Surveying help needed in December!
This map shows the locations of the trees with the 500+ nesting spots we want to check during the month of December. Each of these nesting spots was either used for at least three of the past 5 years, or is currently occupied by an egg or a chick. Each month we document the nesting status for over 1,200 nesting spots across the breeding range but these are the ones we want to focus on this month. You can help us meet this goal by visiting one or more of these trees and reporting to us what you see. You can download the map to your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking on the link below and opening the file using either Google Earth or Google Maps. Red pins indicate that there was an egg or a chick in one of the nesting spots in that particular tree when they were surveyed in November. Click on a pin to see how many nesting spots we’re requesting help monitoring in that particular tree. Then click on the link for each nesting spot to see a photo showing its location in the tree. To record your observation simply click on the “Submit observation” link at the bottom of the pop-up window, noting the Nest ID for the nesting spot (WK4801 for example). Enter the date, your name and email address, and the Nest ID and then select from the options for Nesting Status and Behaviors Observed from the drop down menus. Minimally we want to know if, during your visit, the nesting spot had an adult sitting in the nesting spot, if there was a chick there, or if it was empty/vacant. Any additional details you can provide on what you saw by selecting from the Behaviors Observed or by entering them in the Notes window will by appreciated. You can also attach a photo of what you see to the form. That’s it!
The pins on the map mark the location of the trees and clicking on the photo for the nesting spot will display a picture of the tree with the nesting spot circled. Most of the trees with eggs or chicks will have a blue ribbon to help you locate them. Your help in collecting data on these nesting spots will be much appreciated! Feel free to email questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.