- Goal: to determine the
diversity and abundance of birds in an area.
- Preparation: know how
to identify the birds on our bird
- Time Necessary: spend
90 minutes conducting the bird census.
- Equipment: map, binoculars,
bird field guide book, data sheet, pencil.
- Turn in: a Bird Census
Data Sheet in (Word / pdf)
1. To obtain experience in natural history field research
2. To identify many of the bird species occuring here.
3. To better understand the composition of our local bird community.
- Map out an area for the bird census that should take
about 90 minutes to survey. One option is to choose one of the 6 locations on the West Campus delineated on this map (http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecol109/animals/Images/bird_aerial.jpg).
- Record every bird observed (sight or sound) occurring
within the census area for 1.5 hours.
- Be careful not to double-count individual birds.
- Add up the number of individuals observed for each species
and record it in the space provided.
- Then add up the total number of individuals of all species
and the total number of species observed and record these data in the spaces
these data on the Bird Census Data Sheet (Word / pdf) and turn in.
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