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Re: Re: Soundscapes & Yuba Pass

Subject: Re: Re: Soundscapes & Yuba Pass
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 16:16:20 -0400
Rich Peet wrote:
>>One of my comments I got about my survey recordings was how I was 
>>getting rare recordings of birds, because the bird people quit at 
>>sunset. The distribution of night calling birds is much less well 
> known 
>>than daytime callers. I don't specifically record birds, though I'm 
>>doing a little more since finding that out.
> Some of us are paying attention to the nite.

I know that there are those that do pay attention to the night.

The comment I got was from the person managing the local bird survey, 
equivalent to the herp survey I play with. They are probably right that 
the far majority of birdwatchers don't do night, so the night birds are 
underrepresented in surveys.

It's not just birds, a lot of herp folks quit at night too. I know of 
several contract surveys for the military bases in the area where the 
group doing the survey only worked from 9-5. When I've been out on herp 
forays with groups it's hard to get them to go more than a hour or so 
after dark at best. Some frogs don't even get going that quickly. While 
others quit early. It amounts to going most of the night to be sure.



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