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Money & Training Available for Habitat Buffer Monitors

Reggie Thackston (Reggie.Thackston@dnr.ga.gov)
Bobwhite Quail Initiative

As required for Georgia's participation in the Conservation Reserve Program Practice CP 33 Habitat Buffers For Upland Birds, spring (May 22 - June 11) monitoring will be conducted for bobwhites and 4 species of songbirds (eastern kingbird, field sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and loggerhead shrike); and fall (October 15 - November 15) covey count monitoring will be conducted for bobwhites only. Monitoring will occur at 40 treatment and 40 paired control points on private farmland in a 12 county area, mostly in SW Georgia. Your assistance is needed in locating volunteers, hopefully avid birders, to serve as observers in this survey.

Observer training will be conducted on May 20-21 (Saturday and Sunday) in Albany. Training will begin at 7am on May 20th, last all day and end around mid morning on May 21st. Nongame Program biologists Nathan Klaus, Tim Keyes and Todd Schneider will assist with training and/or locating volunteer observers.

With a minimum of 20 observers it will take around 6-7 days (including training) per person per year to monitor the points. Of course this will vary depending on the number of observers and the relative proximity of sample points. Funds are available to facilitate paying "volunteers," perhaps $100 or more per day, depending on the number of observers. This will compensate or at least offset travel costs. Ideally, the same observers will be available to monitor the same points during each of the three survey years.

All skilled birders who would like to volunteer (with a little pay) to assist in this survey, please contact Reggie Thackston: Reggie.Thackston@dnr.ga.gov

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