Point Count / Breeding Bird Survey Training

The Breeding Bird Survey(BBS) is a long-term international avian monitoring program initiated in 1966 to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.

Breeding Bird Surveys are conducted along driving routes during the peak of the nesting season. Each route is 24.5 miles long, with a total of fifty three-minute stops located at 0.5 mile intervals along the route. During each stop, the observer records all birds heard or seen within 0.25 mile of the stop. There are approximately 3700 active BBS routes across the continental U.S. and Canada.

BBS routes in the US and Canada. Photo courtesy of USGS.

The BBS is not the only monitoring program that uses point count survey techniques. For anyone considering or already pursuing a career in bird biology, learning this skill and having BBS experience will be a proverbial “feather in your cap” when applying for positions with governmental agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, and private organizations like PSBO.

Join us for training and surveying

Don Norman teaches point count survey protocol with the goal of recruiting surveyors to cover open Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in Washington State.

Surveying a BBS route only takes ONE MORNING in late May or early June; that’s it! You even get to pick the survey date that works best for you.

For more information about the next training email contact@pugetsoundbirds.org