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Chris Merkord

2017 Nightjar Survey Dates

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The U.S. Nightjar Network 2017 survey dates have finally arrived. These dates are specifically chosen to coincide with the nights of brightest moonlight and greatest nightjar calling frequency. These are important dates to use so survey conditions are standardized across all regions of the Nightjar Survey Network. If you ever have a question regarding the best date for your route always feel welcome to contact nightars@nightjars.org with your inquiry.

2016 Survey Dates:

Window 1: 3 April to 19 April for low elevation AZ and NM, and FL and TX
Window 2: 2 May to 18 May for any location in the country
Window 3: 1 June to 17 June for areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S.

Always be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here.

Special thanks to all the new and returning participants for your years of support!


View the full article on the Nightjar Survey Network

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