Special Efforts

In keeping with the goals of the project outlined by the Steering Committee, several resources and survey protocols were developed to help atlas volunteers focus their efforts on finding priority or secretive species within the blocks in which they worked. Species were flagged for additional attention because they were listed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as Endangered or Threatened, by the Pennsylvania Biological Survey’s Ornithological Technical Committee as Special Concern, or because they were simply rare or of some conservation interest. For these species, obtaining confirmed breeding evidence was encouraged, along with precise point locations using the web mapping tool. Survey protocols were developed for marsh and nocturnal birds, to obtain higher uniformity of coverage across Pennsylvania, and in recognition that additional efforts were needed to detect these groups of birds. Regional Coordinators were requested to promote these special surveys and resources wherever wetland habitats occurred, but particularly in priority blocks. In addition, point count surveys were conducted to obtain abundance information.

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