Bird Conservation Network

Bird Conservation Network:
Blitzes Past and Future Thanks to a great team effort in 2013, we found 47 locations of red-headed woodpecker nest trees in 6 counties: 153 birds, including 43 fledged young, observed during the breeding season. A GIS student will be working to map the sightings and analyze the habitat, and this information will help us highlight important habitat for the area’s land managers. Congratulations to the team who coordinated the Blitz—Alan Anderson, Lois Shelgren, Margie Busic, Chris Madsen, Bonnie Duman, Marian Cartwright, Stacy Iwanicki, Lee Witkowski, Al Thomas, Tom Mulcahy, Charlie Boyd, Brendan McCooey and James Daley – and to all the blitzers! See also the BCN 2013 Highlights, attached. For the 2014 blitz, we return to grassland birds – with a twist. We will work with mappers from National Audubon Society who are using a remote sensing process with satellite imagery and our BCN data to identify spots that have not been monitored but are likely to have grassland birds. We’ll need blitzers from all our counties to count grassland birds at sites identified by the mapping process. Once the map is perfected using our results, a team from Chicago Wilderness will use it to set goals for increasing the number of grassland birds in Chicago Wilderness. Birders of all skill levels are welcome – this should be a fun blitz with an element of adventure. We'll train beginning and intermediate birders to recognize grassland birds. Watch HabitatProject for more information in March.

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